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AHAI Open Letter marking the 2nd year of the Public Health Alcohol Act.

          It is now two years since the enactment of the Public Health Alcohol Act.  And while some aspects of the Act have been implemented, much remains to be done. Many important measures, crucial to the objective of reducing alcohol use in Ireland, such as Notice of Licence grant or renewal, Minimum unit pricing, Content of advertising, Labelling of alcohol products and a Broadcast watershed, have yet to be commenced by the Minister for Health, Stephen... Full Story


Alcohol Action welcome NO reduction in alcohol excise duties in Budget 2021; regret alcohol’s continued affordability.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (13 Oct) welcome that Budget 2021 has not reduced alcohol excise duties and that the Ministers, guided by public health alcohol policy, have not acquiesced to the extensive lobbying of the alcohol industry, who had sought a 15% reduction, which would have stimulated greater alcohol use. We regret that the opportunity has not been taken to introduce a Cost-of-Living index to excise rates, as outlined in our Pre-Budget... Full Story


Placing restrictions now on alcohol sales is a prudent act

    Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (7 Oct) notes the commentary emanating from government sources that restrictions are being considered on the sale of alcohol in the Off-Trade retail landscape. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Alcohol Action has consistently highlighted, to government, the difficulties arising throughout society because of the exceptional level of cheap alcohol pouring into people’s homes. In April, we reported 44% increase in sales, in May we highlighted... 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


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


Latest Reports

A review of 2014 RTC fatalities with a positive toxicology for alcohol

The preliminary findings of this report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths.

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Cancer Prevention Factsheet

A factsheet from the National Cancer Control Programme on alcohol and cancer.

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Alcohol - The Irish Situation

An updated (November 2016) fact sheet on alcohol in Ireland from the Health Research Board.

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