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Alcohol consumption data for 2020 very disappointing

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Wednesday, 10 March), expressed its disappointment on the data released by Revenue: provisional alcohol clearances and receipts 2020.   This data indicates that Ireland’s alcohol consumption during the national COVID pandemic crisis, when most licenced premises were closed, has fallen by a little over 6% to 10.07 litres per capita. This is a reduction on the 2019 alcohol consumption figure of 10.78 litres per capita. Net Alcohol... Full Story


Alcohol education in our schools cannot be out-sourced to an alcohol industry funded organisation. 

Joint statement from Alcohol Action Ireland | Alcohol Forum   In Ireland, while we continue to advocate for crucial legislative measures to reduce alcohol use and children’s exposure to alcohol marketing to be implemented, we are concerned that our schools-based alcohol education has become the target ground for the corporate interests of industry players. Across our education system there is a creeping acceptance of a corporate curriculum that facilitates commercial interests to develop and distribute curricular materials. This practice, evident... Full Story


Minister Donnelly’s deferral of minimum pricing totally unacceptable

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, has today (Monday, 1 March), criticised the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly, for his cavalier deferral of minimum unit pricing (as reported by Sunday Times, 28 Feb). Minimum unit pricing for alcohol products is a crucial measure within the Public Health Alcohol Act, enacted over two year ago, which ensures that alcohol products, sold in the off-trade, cannot be sold beneath a certain price. This proven price measure to... Full Story


EU ‘Beating Cancer’ plan paves way for Ireland’s labelling of alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm today (Wed 3rd Feb), welcomed the publication by the EU Commission of its ‘Beating Cancer’ strategy. This bold and innovative step signals real intent by the Commission to drive meaningful preventative strategies across the Union. In identify that ‘prevention is more effective than any cure’ the strategy outlines a priority of reducing harmful alcohol use.  Alcohol-related harm is a major public health concern in the EU and accounts for... Full Story


Latest case reports from Child Care Law Reporting Project highlights growing impact of alcohol harm

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Monday, 18th January) noted the publication of the Child Care Law Reporting Project latest report, which documents 48 recent cases of child neglect. The Child Care Law Reporting Project examines and reports on judicial child care proceedings. This research demonstrates the scale of the challenges many children face during the course of the ongoing pandemic crisis. Parental problem alcohol use continues to feature as a source of trauma for... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes ending of promotions that incentivise alcohol use

Alcohol Action Ireland - the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Friday, 8thJanuary) welcomes the legal commencement of Section 23 of the Public Health Alcohol Act. From Monday, 11thJanuary these regulations will apply to some promotions that incentivise alcohol use.  The introduction of these regulations is part of a process to de-normalise alcohol as an ordinary grocery product; last November saw the legal commencement of separation of alcohol products in specified licensed premises.  The application of these regulations... Full Story


Soaring alcohol sales demands better protection for children this Christmas

Reflecting on the latest round of trade data on off-trade alcohol sales, Alcohol Action - the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (Thursday, 16th Dec) urged everyone who drinks to re-think the harm persistent use of alcohol has on their health and the impact so much alcohol in our homes has on our children’s lives. The latest round of trade data indicates a continuing surge in off-trade alcohol sales, with Kantar indicating a 33% increase, year-on-year, in alcohol... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland marks the separation of alcohol in stores

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (12th November) hosts a seminar titled ‘No Ordinary Product’ to mark the provisions of Section 22 of the Public Health Alcohol Act, 2018 coming into effect from 12th November 2020. The measures, now applying to the retail landscape, come after a two-year transition period had been extended to retailers to comply. Under the new law, which will be monitored by the HSE Environmental Health Officers, mixed trade retailers can store alcohol products in a... Full Story


Parental problem alcohol use and how children cope during their school years.

A national framework required to support children coping with parental problem alcohol Alcohol Action Ireland, the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm, today (3rd November) published a paper that considers the issue of parental problem alcohol use and how children, who are exposed to this Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), cope during their school years. This paper is a collaboration between Alcohol Action Ireland and University College Cork’s School of Applied Psychology.     Parental problem alcohol use is a... Full Story


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


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