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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


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes ending of promotions that incentivise alcohol use

Alcohol Action Ireland - the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday, 8thJanuary) welcomes the legal commencement of Section 23 of the Public Health Alcohol Act. From Monday, 11thJanuary these regulations will apply to some promotions that incentivise alcohol use.  The introduction of these regulations is part of a process to de-normalise alcohol as an ordinary grocery product; last November saw the legal commencement of separation of alcohol products in specified licensed premises.  The application of these regulations... Full Story


Soaring alcohol sales demands better protection for children this Christmas

Reflecting on the latest round of trade data on off-trade alcohol sales, Alcohol Action - the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Thursday, 16th Dec) urged everyone who drinks to re-think the harm persistent use of alcohol has on their health and the impact so much alcohol in our homes has on our children’s lives. The latest round of trade data indicates a continuing surge in off-trade alcohol sales, with Kantar indicating a 33% increase, year-on-year, in alcohol... Full Story


Ireland’s first ever seminar on Korsakoff’s Syndrome

The challenges and opportunities for a Forgotten Population. Organised by Neurological Alliance of Ireland, Bloomfield Mental Health Services and Alcohol Action Ireland, this event took place, virtually, on Friday, 6 Nov 2020, and aimed to highlight the unique needs of those living with Korsakoff's Syndrome, including the lack of specific services in Ireland and the current policy context. Korsakoff's Syndrome is a particularly significant outcome of alcohol abuse. This condition occurs due to low levels of thiamine, which is itself often a direct consequence... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland marks the separation of alcohol in stores

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (12th November) hosts a seminar titled ‘No Ordinary Product’ to mark the provisions of Section 22 of the Public Health Alcohol Act, 2018 coming into effect from 12th November 2020. The measures, now applying to the retail landscape, come after a two-year transition period had been extended to retailers to comply. Under the new law, which will be monitored by the HSE Environmental Health Officers, mixed trade retailers can store alcohol products in a... Full Story


Parental problem alcohol use and how children cope during their school years.

A national framework required to support children coping with parental problem alcohol Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (3rd November) published a paper that considers the issue of parental problem alcohol use and how children, who are exposed to this Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), cope during their school years. This paper is a collaboration between Alcohol Action Ireland and University College Cork’s School of Applied Psychology.     Parental problem alcohol use is a... 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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