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HRB Alcohol report highlights the urgent need for Minimum unit pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Thursday 15th April) notes the publication by the Health Research Board of its ‘HRB Overview, Series 11: Alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy in Ireland’. This publication provides a clear and timely view of Ireland’s continuing troubled engagement with alcohol use, the scale of the harm endured and the immeasurable cost to our economy and society of lost creativity, enterprise and human potential. For over 12 years... Full Story

Alcohol Action welcome government intention to commence minimum pricing of alcohol products

Alcohol Action, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Monday 15th March) supports the Minister of State, Frank Feighan’s intervention to break the logjam on implementing minimum pricing for alcohol products (MUP), as reported on   For some time it has become apparent that Ireland could no longer wait on simultaneous action on MUP from Northern Ireland. Now Ireland’s progress towards implementing MUP, coupled with MUP operational in Scotland and Wales’ will hopefully be a catalyst to... Full Story

Alcohol consumption data for 2020 very disappointing

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Wednesday, 10 March), expressed its disappointment on the data released by Revenue: provisional alcohol clearances and receipts 2020.   This data indicates that Ireland’s alcohol consumption during the national COVID pandemic crisis, when most licenced premises were closed, has fallen by a little over 6% to 10.07 litres per capita. This is a reduction on the 2019 alcohol consumption figure of 10.78 litres per capita. Net Alcohol... Full Story

Alcohol education in our schools cannot be out-sourced to an alcohol industry funded organisation. 

Joint statement from Alcohol Action Ireland | Alcohol Forum   In Ireland, while we continue to advocate for crucial legislative measures to reduce alcohol use and children’s exposure to alcohol marketing to be implemented, we are concerned that our schools-based alcohol education has become the target ground for the corporate interests of industry players. Across our education system there is a creeping acceptance of a corporate curriculum that facilitates commercial interests to develop and distribute curricular materials. This practice, evident... Full Story

Are women getting the health risk message around alcohol use? #ChooseToChallenge

This International Women’s Day, we ask, are women getting the public health messages they need around alcohol, or is the industry noise all they can hear?     It’s a day to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women, but increasingly International Women’s Day has become a space captured by commercial interests seeking to sell a message.    It’s no surprise then, that the global alcohol industry has for years been using the occasion as yet another opportunity to sell an... Full Story

Minister Donnelly’s deferral of minimum pricing totally unacceptable

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Monday, 1 March), criticised the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, for his cavalier deferral of minimum unit pricing (as reported by Sunday Times, 28 Feb). Minimum unit pricing for alcohol products is a crucial measure within the Public Health Alcohol Act, enacted over two year ago, which ensures that alcohol products, sold in the off-trade, cannot be sold beneath a certain price. This proven price measure to... Full Story

International Children of Alcoholics Week

This week  (14 – 20 February 2021) is International Children of Alcoholics week (#COAWeek2021), founded and organised by UK charity NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics). The annual campaign raises awareness about how people are affected by their parent's problem alcohol use, and the supports that are available. This year, the week-long event includes talks with an international group of experts, researchers and leaders for children affected by their parent’s drinking or a similar substance, and an evening of... Full Story

EU ‘Beating Cancer’ plan paves way for Ireland’s labelling of alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm today (Wed 3rd Feb), welcomed the publication by the EU Commission of its ‘Beating Cancer’ strategy. This bold and innovative step signals real intent by the Commission to drive meaningful preventative strategies across the Union. In identify that ‘prevention is more effective than any cure’ the strategy outlines a priority of reducing harmful alcohol use.  Alcohol-related harm is a major public health concern in the EU and accounts for... Full Story

The ‘lethal interaction’ of alcohol and COVID-19

Alcohol consumption and how it interacts with COVID-19 across a range of individual and societal dimensions represent a “major public health challenge”, a comprehensive new report on the topic has found. The report “Alcohol and the coronavirus pandemic: individual, societal and policy perspectives”[1] finds that COVID-19 and alcohol consumption has played a crucial role in the transmission and propagation of the pandemic. “In short, alcohol and COVID-19 has been, and continues to be, a lethal interaction,” it states. While the report is... Full Story

Latest case reports from Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights growing impact of alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Monday, 18th January) noted the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project latest report, which documents 48 recent cases of child neglect. The Child Care Law Reporting Project examines and reports on judicial child care proceedings. This research demonstrates the scale of the challenges many children face during the course of the ongoing pandemic crisis. Parental problem alcohol use continues to feature as a source of trauma for... Full Story

Latest Reports

Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking

A recent Scottish study shows that many of those negatively affected by some-one else’s drinking are children and reveals that a high number of callers to ChildLine Scotland are children concerned about their parents drinking. The 2009 Untold Damage: Children’s Accounts of Living with Harmful Parental Drinking study describes childhoods impacted by severe emotional distress, neglect, and increased risk of physical violence and abuse as a result of harmful parental drinking.

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Impact of Alcohol Advertising and Media Exposure on Adolescent Alcohol Use: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies

Longitudinal studies consistently suggest that exposure to media and commercial communications on alcohol is associated with the likelihood that adolescents will start to drink alcohol, and with increased drinking amongst baseline drinkers.

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