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Ireland can’t wait any longer for the North – it must lead.  

Public health demands commencement of minimum unit pricing must proceed.  Public health alcohol policy, framed by the Public Health Alcohol Act, enacted minimum pricing for alcohol products as a proven measure to reduce alcohol use especially amongst the most hazardous of drinkers. This establishes a floor price for all alcohol products beneath which they cannot be legally sold. However, after near 700 days it still remains to be implemented. This would ensure that the cheapest, strongest alcohol, carefully selected by... Full Story


Alcohol Action call for rational approach to alcohol excise duties in Pre-Budget submission

UK’s post Brexit ‘Internal Market Bill’ may limit Northern Ireland’s capacity to introduce Minimum pricing for alcohol products.   Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Thursday 17thSeptember) published its Pre-Budget submission in which it advises the Minister for Finance not to provide a stimulus to even greater alcohol consumption. Central to its submission, Alcohol Action, advises the Minister on three specific matters: The retention of existing excise duties on alcohol products and the introduction... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the phased, safe re-opening of all pubs.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (8th September) welcomed the decision by government to signal the phased, safe reopening of all pubs from 21st September. From the early days of the pandemic crisis, Alcohol Action Ireland have been voicing our concern about the level of alcohol pouring into peoples’ homes - the unfettered 'free-flowing' use of cheap alcohol, and highlighting the impact of such heightened behaviour to the already difficult lives of the 200,000 children who... Full Story


Alcohol Action releases new podcast episode in ‘The Alcohol File’ series.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (31st August) releases its latest episode in its new podcast series ‘The Alcohol File’.   In this episode of ‘The Alcohol File’ – What is alcohol doing to our children? - we explore a number of issues relating to alcohol and children in Ireland.   In wide ranging panel discussion with Prof. Saoirse Nic Gabhainn, Health Promotion Research Centre, NUI Galway and Principal Investigator for the WHO’s Health Behaviour in... Full Story


‘Pocket money’ affordability continues to sustain Ireland’s excessive use of alcohol.

Alcohol Action Ireland release its annual Alcohol Market Review and Price Survey 2020 Alcohol is so cheap in Ireland – Irish men can drink weekly low-risk guideline limit for as little as €7.65; women €4.95. Highly sophisticated pricing strategy ensures alcohol affordability is universal throughout urban, regional or rural Ireland. Introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing must now be prioritised as a proven way to reduce alcohol harm Ireland’s Off-Licence holders share an estimated €3.78 billion bonanza market Alcohol Action Ireland,... Full Story


Provisional Revenue receipts demonstrate the durability of the Irish alcohol market despite COVID-19 crisis.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (30 July) noted the latest provisional alcohol receipts from Revenue. The data highlights that despite all licenced premises being closed since the 15th March, alcohol sales experienced only a modest reduction. This indicates that Ireland’s alcohol users substituted most of their drinking from regulated licenced premises to a largely unregulated, ‘free-flowing’ consumption in the home. The provisional data shows that Beer retained 87% of its market, Spirits held firm with... Full Story


Progress on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in Northern Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, welcome the announcement today (29 July) from Northern Ireland Health Minister, Robin Swann, of his commitment to holding a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in Northern Ireland. The introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol products in Scotland, Wales and Jersey have seen significant reductions in the level of cheap, strong alcohol sold, while its introduction in other jurisdictions across the world such as... Full Story


AAI launches new podcast series ‘The Alcohol File’

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (27th July) releases the inaugural episode of a new podcast series ‘The Alcohol File’   https://player.acast.com/the-alcohol-file/episodes/the-alcohol-file-episode-1 The opening episode of ‘The Alcohol File’ - What is alcohol doing for our health? explores a number of issues relating to what damage alcohol can do to our physical and mental health.   In wide ranging panel discussion with Prof. Frank Murray (former President of the RCPI and chair of Alcohol Health Alliance... Full Story


Mandatory Pregnancy warning labels for alcoholic beverages

Australia and New Zealand to introduce mandatory Pregnancy warning labels for alcoholic beverages  Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday 17 July) welcome the decision by the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to introduce mandatory pregnancy warning labels on alcoholic beverages  Manufacturers will now have three years to implement the “PREGNANCY WARNING” label across all alcoholic beverages.         This decision lends significant weight to Ireland’s legislative measure... Full Story


Open letter to An Taoiseach & Tánaiste calling for no VAT reduction on alcohol products.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD Government Buildings Merrion St Upper Dublin 2, D02 R583     Taoiseach and Tánaiste There has been much media discussion in recent days of a campaign by the alcohol producers, and the licenced premises businesses, to have a reduction of the rate of value added tax for On-Trade alcohol products included in the forthcoming ‘Stimulus Package’. We understand that the proposed measure would likely cost the exchequer €143 million.  ... Full Story


Latest Reports

PreBudget Submission 2018

Pre Budget submission to the Department of Finance August 2018

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Ireland Thinks Poll - Attitudes To Alcohol

Ireland Thinks poll, commissioned by Alcohol Health Alliance, conducted June 12th to June 16th 2017.

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HBSC Ireland 2014 : Alcohol and cannabis use in school-children in Ireland (updated)

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study is a cross-national research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and runs on a four-year cycle. In 2014, Ireland participated for the fifth time in the HBSC study (www.nuigalway.ie/hbsc). The study included 13,611 school-children from 3rd class in primary school to 5th year in post-primary school. Collectively, 230 primary and post-primary schools across Ireland participated in this study.

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