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Strong public support for action on alcohol advertising

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Wednesday 17th November) published the findings of an opinion poll, conducted by Ireland Thinks, exploring public support for action on alcohol advertising. 70% back stopping alcohol adverts from being shown on TV before 9pm. 68% back restrictions to limit what alcohol advertising children see and hear. 66% back stopping alcohol adverts from being streamed on social media channels The findings indicate overwhelming public support for action on alcohol... Full Story


Alcohol advertising gets the red card from the field of sport

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday 12th November) welcomes the operational commencement of Sections 15 and 16 of the Public Health Alcohol enacted three years ago in October 2018. These measures will make an impact on the nature of alcohol marketing, and are further steps to reduce children’s exposure to alcohol promotion. Section 15 will remove from a sports playing area, all alcohol advertising and promotion, and prohibits alcohol advertising at events predominantly held... Full Story


Maynooth University | AAI highlights need for trauma-informed practice in Education settings

Maynooth University will host an event on Tuesday, 26 October, to raise awareness of childhood trauma and adversity, and to highlight the need for trauma-informed practice in Education settings. Titled ‘Hope and Healing’, this series of reflections and discussions, hosted online by Maynooth University’s Department of Education, will seek to develop a framework of what trauma-informed practice might look like in an Irish context. It will also feature a conversation with world renowned trauma expert, Dr Gabor Mate, as well as... Full Story


‘End the Silence’ begins today

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Monday 18th October) marks the start of ‘End the Silence’ – a festival-style Series of Events, running from the 18—26 October, which aims to raise awareness of the estimated 600,000 people (200,00 children and 400,000 adults) in Ireland affected by parental problem alcohol use in their lives.   The daily experience of living with problem drinking in the home can cause great trauma for children, which, when disregarded, can lead to... Full Story


Statement on Budget 2022

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, notes the announcements of Budget 2022 by Ministers Donohoe and McGrath and welcome that government has not acquiesced to the pressure from alcohol producers to reduce excise duties on alcohol products, which simply would have enhanced affordability of alcohol. Price remains a crucial factor in sustaining Ireland’s harmful use of alcohol. We regret that the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, did not take note of our advice and align... Full Story


Alcohol Action launches ‘End The Silence’ series of events – 18-26 October

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, is launching its inaugural ‘End the Silence’ series of events and activities: 18—26 October, which aims to raise awareness of the 600,000 people (200,00 children and 400,000 adults) in Ireland affected by parental problem alcohol use in their lives.    The daily experience of living with problem drinking in the home can cause great trauma for children, which, when disregarded, can lead to serious issues for those same children... Full Story


New report reveals scale of alcohol promotion throughout Six Nations Rugby championship

 Frenetic alcohol promotion evident throughout Ireland’s Six Nations Rugby championship matches    • Capture of favourite sports pushes alcohol brand every 15 seconds  • Full measures on controlling alcohol advertising and marketing need to be implemented  Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, in partnership with the Institute of Alcohol Studies (London) and Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems – SHAAP (Edinburgh), today (Thursday, 30 September) have published a new frequency analysis study into alcohol marketing during... Full Story


STATEMENT ON THE REPORT OF THE NIGHT-TIME ECONOMY TASKFORCE

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, notes the publication of the Report of the Night Time Economy Taskforce, published (16th September) by Catherine Martin TD, Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. As outlined in our presentation to the Taskforce, Alcohol Action remain supportive of the development of the night time public realm. While the Taskforce’s Report does outline that there remains much consideration on how, as a society, we will view our cultural and... Full Story


CALL FOR BOLD ACTION IN ADDRESSING IRELAND’S PROBLEMATIC ALCOHOL USE IN PRE-BUDGET SUBMISSION

Alcohol Action Ireland, the independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Thursday 9th September) published its Pre-Budget submission in which it advises the Minister for Finance not to further enhance the affordability of alcohol by reducing excise taxes. Central to its submission, Alcohol Action, advises the Minister on two specific matters: The retention of existing excise duties on alcohol products and introduce a Consumer Price/Inflation Index to alcohol excise rates from 2022.  The introduction of specific responsibility levies on all... Full Story


2021 PRICE SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS EXCEPTIONAL AFFORDABILITY CONTINUES TO SUSTAIN IRELAND’S HARMFUL USE OF ALCOHOL.

Alcohol Action Ireland release its annual Price Survey 2021 The Price survey was carried out in one regional centre: Sligo, Dublin locations: city centre and south county; and one town: Ashbourne, between 12 -28 July 2021. Alcohol is so cheap in Ireland – Irish men can drink weekly low-risk guideline limit for as little as €7.65; women €4.95. Sophisticated pricing strategy ensures alcohol affordability is universal throughout urban, regional or rural Ireland. Introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing will change the product marketing price point. Unsatisfactory compliance... Full Story


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PHAA Progress Review December 2022
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AAI Poll August 2022 - Aug 9th (1)
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