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Thousands of our citizens abandoned to a life captured by alcohol.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Tuesday, 13 July) notes the publication of the Health Research Board’s Bulletin Reporting of the 2014 – 2020 Alcohol Treatment Data.   This data highlights yet again the completely inadequate provision of timely alcohol treatment services in Ireland. On July 1st, the publication of the 2019-20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey by the Health Research Board, outlined the prevalence of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in the general... Full Story


Findings of the Irish National Drug & Alcohol Survey: would we ‘rather hide away the ugly reality’?

  This week saw the publication of the 2019-20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey by the Health Research Board.  The survey collections information on alcohol and tobacco consumption and drug use among the general population in Ireland. The 2019–20 NDAS collected information from 5,762 people aged 15 years and older across Ireland.  There are many shocking statistics contained in the report relating to alcohol harm, but let’s start with one. For the first time – using a new analysis based on the... Full Story


Alcohol is Ireland’s biggest drug problem

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Thursday, 1 July) notes the publication of the 2019-20 Irish National Drug and Alcohol Survey by the Health Research Board.               The report’s data provides a detailed description of alcohol use in Ireland and the harms associated with alcohol use, an estimation of the prevalence of alcohol use disorder and presents a range of perceptions and attitudes of people towards alcohol and... Full Story


The role of alcohol in domestic and sexual violence

As Ireland prepares a third National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Strategy, Alcohol Action is advocating that the role of alcohol in domestic and sexual violence can no longer be ignored due to the weight of evidence of the intersection of these issues.  This is a view shared internationally with the World Health Organisation stating that public health agencies have a central role to play in the prevention of such violence including addressing the role of alcohol.   Strong evidence base  A myriad of international studies... Full Story


Alcohol Action publish report on Alcohol Treatment Services in Ireland

  The provision of national services must be proportionate to the scale of the problem; Ireland has approx 250,000 people who are likely alcohol dependent.   Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Thursday, 10 June) published a new report ‘Alcohol Treatment Services: A snapshot survey. 2021’ which explores some of the prevailing issues related to services in Ireland.   This report presents a synopsis of views sought from service providers who were interviewed over... Full Story


A new approach to alcohol treatment services required.

  Ireland has high levels of alcohol use and not surprisingly there are correspondingly high numbers of people who have problems with alcohol and who might need professional help. Treatment services for alcohol exist on a continuum and range from brief interventions, to community addiction services, detox facilities and residential rehabilitation. The last of these - residential - comprises around 37% of treatment cases annually and is a well-established intervention for some people requiring assistance for problems with alcohol. Health Research... Full Story


Provisional alcohol duty clearances and receipts for Q1 2021

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, notes the Revenue’s provisional alcohol duty clearances and receipts for Q1 2021, which indicates an 18.7% reduction in overall alcohol use for the first quarter of 2021 viz that of 2020. This reduction in alcohol use by the whole of population, calculated by the clearance of total volume of pure alcohol, may demonstrate that as a population, we have begun to reassess our abnormal and risky drinking levels at... Full Story


Hidden Harm – the need to focus on children’s needs.

Last week (May 18th, 2021) in partnership with Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Drugs and Alcohol Task Force, Alcohol Action Ireland presented a policy paper to more than 100 people on the issue of problem parental substance use. The idea of the event and paper was to raise awareness about problem alcohol use in the home, an issue that has worsened over the past year and half with COVID lockdowns.  We believe highlighting this is important for a number of reasons: children in these situations are often not known to services, or if they are known, the root cause of their problem... Full Story


HIDDEN HARM AND COVID-19: Exploring Impacts and Solutions

Given the likely increase in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), specifically problem parental substance use, during the COVID pandemic, it is vital that mitigation measures are put in place to address issues that have caused young people distress, a paper by Alcohol Action Ireland and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force recommends. The Paper, HIDDEN HARM AND COVID-19: Exploring Impacts and Solutions, outlines the need for policy makers and practitioners to be aware of the alcohol and drug use that young people may have witnessed at home during the restrictions.  ... Full Story


HRB Overview Series: Alcohol in Ireland.

Health Research Board: “In order for it to have a real impact, the Public Health (Alcohol) Act needs to be implemented in full as soon as possible.”       The Health Research Board’s latest report on alcohol consumption and harm, Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy in Ireland, starkly outlines how the continuing high level of alcohol consumption in Ireland is affecting the nation’s health and well-being. Despite having laws on our statute books aimed at curbing high... Full Story


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Annual Review 2020

Our Annual Review highlights on our activities throughout 2020 and reports our progress on our strategic goals.

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AAI Alcohol Treatment Services - A SnapshotSurvey2021

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, publishes a new report ‘Alcohol Treatment Services: A snapshot survey. 2021’ which explores some of the prevailing issues related to services in Ireland today and proposes a series of recommendations to ensure the possible services are available.

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Hidden Harm and Covid-19: Exploring the impacts and solutions

This Paper was compiled and written by Alcohol Action Ireland with funding support from the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drug and Alcohol Task Force, sourced from the Department of Health (Drugs Policy and Social Inclusion Division).

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