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Drop in drink-driving checkpoints ‘unacceptable’ — AA

AA Ireland has described as "unacceptable" the drop in mandatory breath tests carried out by gardaí last year, which fell by around 56,000 on 2008 figures.   According to garda figures, there were 55,285 checkpoints conducted in 2009 compared to 79,423 the year before.   In its first full year in 2007, the controversial law for mandatory alcohol testing led to a total of 489,029 tests which grew to 563,115 in 2008 before dropping back to 507,169 last year. "That is an... Full Story

Alcohol a factor in 33% of Irish road deaths, study finds

One in three deaths on Irish roads are alcohol related compared to an average of one in four throughout the European Union. A major EU report on road safety, published yesterday, also suggests that Irish drivers believe drink-driving laws are much more effective than they actually are. Just under two thirds of Irish drivers questioned said that they believed alcohol was a major threat to road safety, as compared to 80% in the rest of the EU. About a third... Full Story

Government must tackle cut-price alcohol sales

OPINION:  The fact that health and drinks lobbies are in tune for once is a real sign that the time is right for legislation, writes Brian O'Connell   When itcomes to the narrative on alcohol misuse in Ireland, it's not often you get the public health and drinks lobbies singing from the same hymn sheet. Some weeks back, I took part in a public debate on alcohol, sponsored by The Irish Times  and Pfizer. The panel was made up of regular and experienced... Full Story

Alcohol-induced abuse of children is rife, says bishop

Figures for alcohol abuse "would imply that many children are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused across this country on a daily basis - and especially at weekends," the Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, Donal McKeown, has said. He was "not scaremongering" when he suggested "that frightening numbers of children are being physically abused because of addiction and that many under 18s are being sexually exploited each weekend - often in the name of harmless freedom and craic. But... Full Story

Tranquillisers and alcohol blamed for majority of drug deaths

Prescription tranquillisers and alcohol are the two substances most implicated in drug deaths due to poisonings, new figures show. Updated information from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show there have been a total of 3,465 deaths from drugs between 1998 and 2007. This includes 2,120 deaths from poisonings, which are directly related deaths due to the toxic effects of drugs. A further 1,345 deaths are described as non-poisonings, which include deaths from trauma, such as violence or accidents, and... Full Story

Drugs linked to 250 teen deaths over 10 years

Almost 250 teenagers have died in drug-related incidents over a 10-year period, including 18 children aged under 15. Drugs, both illegal and legal, claimed a further 513 people aged between 20 and 24 in the period 1998 to 2007. This means more than a fifth of the 3,465 drug death victims were aged under 24. Figures show the number of drug deaths have continued to rise since 2005 - the most recent year for which data had been available before... Full Story

Latest Reports

Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts

Alcohol Action Ireland
Report and Financial Statements for the year ended
31 December 2018

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Alcohol Action Ireland Annual Accounts 2017

Audited accounts for the ending 31 December 2017

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Submission to TRIS Notification 2018/22/IRL

This is Alcohol Action Ireland's submission to the EU Commission's TRIS notification process: 2018/22/IRL, commenced to examine aspects of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, 2015.

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