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Why aren’t we willing to protect children from profiling and targeting by corporate forces selling harmful products such as alcohol, betting and junk food?

The Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill 2022 (OSMR) is currently making its way through the houses of the Oireachtas. It is a long-awaited piece of legislation that will do much to reduce the exposure of children to harmful online content.   Alcohol Action Ireland in particular is interested in ensuring that children are protected from digital alcohol advertising and the insidious practices of tracking, profiling and targeting young people to market harmful and addictive products.  Unfortunately, in this area, the... Full Story


Reform of alcohol licensing laws must ensure equal purpose to the objectives of public health alcohol policy

Alcohol Action support a reform and modernisation of the alcohol licensing process, which is largely archaic, and as such, is frequently exploited by commercial opportunism. Over recent years, while modified social norms have influenced a change in some alcohol behaviours, the principal concerns of alcohol contributing to significant crime, public disorder and safety, remain central to the public rational for adequate controls on the sale of alcohol. Today, with a much deeper understanding of the risk to human health from... Full Story


Women are targeted by the alcohol industry’s insidious marketing tactics with scant regard for the consequences

Alcohol use has historically been more prevalent among men, but today as the gender gap narrows, women are drinking more than previous generations.  Alcohol is a leading global factor for early death for young women. According to data published in a global study, Irish women are near the top of the table worldwide for heavy drinking, ranking seventh while adolescent girls in Ireland are among the highest binge drinkers in the world, ranking third. Saddest of all, in Ireland in... Full Story


Christmas cheer: What the holiday season is really like for some 

I am a daughter of an alcoholic father. My parents ran a pub in our local town and everyone knew us..... The worst incident that happened was Christmas time when I was 10. (I have never spoken about this to anyone). Mam closed the bar on St. Stephen’s night. An old customer was drinking downstairs all day and he stayed on with dad for a lock in. A fight broke out between them and dad kicked the customer out. Dad... Full Story


Online Safety and Media Regulation: No Ads To Kids

No ads to kids  The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media this week published its report with recommendations on the General Scheme of the Online Safety and Media Regulation Bill (OSMR Bill). Alcohol Action Ireland applauds the work of the committee and welcomes the report and in particular its recommendation to protect children from harmful online advertising of alcohol.  Specifically, the Committee recommended: a ban on advertising to children online, including, at the very minimum, advertisements of junk food, alcohol, high fat/salt/sugar (HFSS) foods,... Full Story


Recognising the trauma of growing up with a parent who use alcohol harmfully

“The hardest part was the never ending repeated sense of crushing disappointment when one of my parents was drunk again. In one way, I came to expect it but it never stopped being disappointing or painful; there’s always a small amount of hope that you cling on to when you have a parent with alcoholism.”  “I am 65 years of age and still carry the scars of my childhood surrounded by alcohol.”   “Now that I am older and I look back at... 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


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


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


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


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Global Burden of Disease: Estimates of alcohol use and attributable burden in Ireland.
Global Burden of Disease: Estimates of alcohol use and attributable burden in Ireland.
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