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Decision not to increase excise on alcohol a ‘lost opportunity’

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, today described the decision not to increase excise duty on alcohol in the Budget today as a lost opportunity to yield revenue for vital health and social services, as well as reducing the harms caused by alcohol use.    Director of Alcohol Action Ireland, Fiona Ryan said: “A modest 10c increase on alcohol could have raised much needed revenue. To translate that 10c into real lives:   €9.7milllion could have funded the... Full Story


10c increase on drink could raise €140m to save lives

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urged the Government in the run-up to next week's Budget, to consider a modest 10c increase on alcohol – an increase that could raise €140million for health including providing the cervical cancer vaccine for all 12-year-old girls in the country and a 24-7 social work service. Director of Alcohol Action Ireland, Fiona Ryan said: “To translate that 10c into real lives:   €9.7milllion would fund the vaccination of 12-year-old girls against the... Full Story


International Alcohol Related News/ 23 March 2009

Telegraph.co.uk (UK) - Teenage girls and alcohol poisoning The number of young women treated for alcohol poisoning has increased by 90 per cent in the past five years, according to the Department of Health statistics. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5032403/Teenage-girls-and-alcohol-poisoning.html    Science Daily - Alcohol-induced Flushing Risk Factor For Esophageal Cancer There is growing evidence that people who experience facial flushing after drinking alcohol are at much higher risk of esophageal cancer from alcohol consumption than those who do not. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090323092711.htm    The Hour... Full Story


International Alcohol Related News/ 9 March 2009

Time - Older Drinkers Less Able to Judge When They're Drunk For all their admonitions about responsible drinking, it turns out that older adults aren't as good as young ones about knowing when to stop. After drinking the same amount of alcohol as their younger counterparts, older adults are not only more impaired than younger ones, but less likely to believe they are. http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1883408,00.html      BBC News (Australia) - Australian alcohol rules 'safer' Australians will be better protected from disease... Full Story


International Alcohol Related News/ 2 March 2009

BBC - Young Finnish people debate attitudes to drinking, where the sale of alcohol is strictly regulated http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7912639.stm    Bloomberg (Scotland) - Scotland Plans to Raise Alcohol Prices, Tackle Abuse Scotland plans to introduce a minimum price for alcohol and ban the promotions and discounts the government blames for violence and disease. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=a1c1akmop0p0&refer=uk    HealthNewsDigest.com - Alcohol Consumption And Increased Cancer Risk Many of you are familiar with the so-called “French Paradox,” whereby the French, who have a diet higher... Full Story


International Alcohol Related News/ 27 February 2009

BBC News (Scotland) - Alcohol kills twice as many men The number of men dying from alcohol misuse in Scotland each year is double the rate for women, a new study claims. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/7902306.stm    guardian.co.uk (UK) - Alcohol and young people: what's the attraction? This statistic comes from a recent glut of research into how much alcohol young people consume, when they do it and where they're getting it from. But do we know enough about why they drink? http://www.guardian.co.uk/alcoholandyoungpeople/young-people... Full Story


Alcohol, Public Order and Crime

Between 1998 and 2003, physical assaults increased by 71% (excludes domestic violence and sexual assault)    In 2006, 37,100 adults were physically assaulted, resulting in 15,600 being injured    Just over half (53%) of those assaults were reported to the Gardai    Between 1998 and 2006, the number of assaults, which occurred near the victim's home almost doubled (from 4.9% to 9.1%)    Four out of ten (41.5%) women say they would feel unsafe or very unsafe walking alone in... Full Story


Real cost of cheap drink this Christmas

Real cost of cheap drink this Christmas – families could end up paying the price 83c beer- same price as bar of chocolate Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today warned that families could end up paying the price for cheap Christmas drink - with a bottle of beer in one leading supermarket selling for 83c, the same price as a bar of chocolate.   Alcohol Action Ireland CEO Fiona Ryan said: “There are significant reductions in... Full Story


Make roads safer

Make roads safer - reduce alcohol levels for drivers, Alcohol Action Ireland urges Government Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, called on the Government to move forward with legislation that would reduce the amount of alcohol you can drive with from a Blood Alcohol Concentration limit of 80mgs of alcohol per 100mls blood to 50mgs.   Alcohol Action Ireland CEO, Fiona Ryan said: “Alcohol, even in small amounts, has been shown to impact on driving. Any amount of... Full Story


Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide

Alcohol misuse contributing significantly to anxiety, depression and suicide –  2 out of 5 cases of deliberate self-harm involve alcohol “Raise alcohol taxes in Budget to fund early intervention, prevention and treatment services and combat alcohol related harm” Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today underlined the link between alcohol misuse and damage to mental health and urged the Government to raise taxes on alcohol in next Tuesday's budget and use the additional revenue to fund early... Full Story


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