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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


Progress on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in Northern Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, welcome the announcement today (29 July) from Northern Ireland Health Minister, Robin Swann, of his commitment to holding a full public consultation on the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol in Northern Ireland. The introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol products in Scotland, Wales and Jersey have seen significant reductions in the level of cheap, strong alcohol sold, while its introduction in other jurisdictions across the world such as... 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


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


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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