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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


Open letter to An Taoiseach & Tánaiste calling for no VAT reduction on alcohol products.

An Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD Government Buildings Merrion St Upper Dublin 2, D02 R583     Taoiseach and Tánaiste There has been much media discussion in recent days of a campaign by the alcohol producers, and the licenced premises businesses, to have a reduction of the rate of value added tax for On-Trade alcohol products included in the forthcoming ‘Stimulus Package’. We understand that the proposed measure would likely cost the exchequer €143 million.  ... Full Story


Public subsidy to aid Pubs and the sale of alcohol is an irrational idea.

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (9 July) called on the government not to follow the calls from the alcohol industry to reduce alcohol taxes. The strategic objective of public health policy, since the enacted Public Health Alcohol Act, has been to obtain a 20% reduction in the consumption of alcohol from 11 litres per capita to 9 litres per capita. The consumption rate for 2019 was 10.9 litres per capita. Every euro... Full Story


Lowering alcohol excise duty would be counter to public health policy

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (30 June) called on the government not to follow the calls to reduce alcohol excise and taxes.   The strategic objective of public health policy, since the enacted Public Health Alcohol Act, has been to sustain a 20% reduction in the consumption of alcohol from 11 litres per capita to 9 litres per capita. The consumption rate for 2019 was 10.9 litres per capita.   Every euro... Full Story


AAI believes the Programme for Government offers real potential to reduce alcohol harm

• FF, FG & Greens renew commitment to Public Health Alcohol Act and Minimum Unit Pricing   Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Friday 19th) welcomed the commitments to reducing alcohol harms, outlined in ‘Programme for Government – Our Shared Future’ negotiated by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party. The Programme outlines a firm assurance to implement, in full, the Public Health Alcohol Act (PHAA) and ‘honour our longstanding commitment to... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland urge Men to rethink what they drink

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday 19th) are the lead partner on Men’s Health Week 2020 and are urging all men, young and old, to take the opportunity to rethink their drinking and get the balance right.   Over a series of media contributions , AAI, mindful of the tremendous strain many men are under today as the pandemic continues to impact on our society, will encourage men to: ‘Rethink their drinking’ - In... Full Story


FF, FG and Greens must meet their commitments to the Public Health Alcohol Act

• 600 days on, important measures on alcohol pricing, labelling, advertising and promotion have not yet been implemented As negotiations to form a new government appear to be reaching a conclusion, Alcohol Action (AAI), the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, have reiterate its expectation that political commitments to the implementation of the Public Health Alcohol Act will hold and be mandated by any future Programme for Government agreed. AAI are acutely aware that the alcohol business, producers and retailers, under... Full Story


Any financial support to national sporting bodies must come with a commitment to ending alcohol sponsorship of sport.

Call for Federation of Irish Sport and Sport Ireland to take this ‘once in a generation opportunity’ that can reinforce the benefits of sport and physical activity in our lives, our economy and society as a whole. Alcohol Action Ireland today (Wed 27th May) called on the government, the parties negotiating a new government and the national sporting bodies not to advance a ‘Irish Sport Resilience Fund’ without a firm commitment to the renewal of a phased programme of ending alcohol... Full Story


AAI | MHI – call for investment in trauma-informed services to support COVID-19 recovery

As a nation, Ireland has shown great resilience and solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look forward to COVID recovery, our schools, workplaces and communities will need to adjust to the new shape of society and life and Mental Health Ireland and Alcohol Action Ireland believe, now more than ever, investment in trauma-informed care and services will be required.   The NGOs are calling for a commitment from the new Irish Government that frontline public services starting... 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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