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Another ‘Leaving Cert’ celebration begins without adequate legislation in place to protect young people.

As another season of post Leaving Certificate results parties begins, Alcohol Action has called on government and the Oireachtas to finally act and pass the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill before next year's celebrations comes around. Commenting on this year's activity, Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, said:   'Priced based promotions continue to be used extensively to attract young people, who are keenly price-sensitive and often deliberately targeted by these promotions.   A review of... Full Story


Alcohol Action responds to Irish Times article on sponsorship of arts events

Our letter to the Irish Times, 29 June With respect to your article 'Alcohol Bill will cut €8.5m sponsorship of arts events says drink industry' (26 June), the observations outlined are unnecessarily alarmist and regrettably mistaken. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of measures designed to work together to reduce alcohol consumption in Ireland so lessening alcohol related harms. Implemented together, they will provide a reasonable, pragmatic means to achieving the ambition of this progressive public health initiative.... Full Story


Open letter to WHO DG candidates: keep policy and priority setting free of commercial influence

In May, 2017, WHO Member States will meet in Geneva for the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) and a new WHO Director-General (DG) will be elected. As public-interest non-government organisations (NGOs) involved in global health governance and the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, we believe that a fundamental consideration for Member States when electing the DG will be how the new leadership will ensure appropriate interactions with alcohol, food, pharmaceutical, and medical technology industries. We invite the three candidates... Full Story


Dr Declan Bedford explains how implementing evidence-based policy and legislation has reduced drink driving on our roads

Dr Declan Bedford explains how implementing evidence-based policy and legislation has reduced drink driving on our roads from Alcohol Action Ireland on Vimeo.


Alcohol Awareness Week runs from March 31 to April 4, 2014. Alcohol Awareness Week aims to get people thinking and talking about alcohol and how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and a society. By encouraging people to examine alcohol-related issues and how they impact on all of us, we hope that it will stimulate conversation and debate and help to bring about a positive change to our harmful relationship with alcohol in Ireland. This year's theme is “Alcohol's... Full Story


Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

What is the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill? The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill will contain a package of measures designed to tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol, reducing alcohol consumption and the related harms. The measures proposed for inclusion in the Bill were announced by Government in October 2013 and are based on the recommendations of the Steering Group Report on the National Substance Misuse Strategy, which was published in February 2012. Though it may seem to strange to many, particularly... Full Story


We need to take a line on drink

This Government never tires of trying to thrust a pint of Guinness into the hand of every notable dignitary that comes to town The Irish Times Consistency is something you don't always associate with politicians, particularly in Ireland. They can blow in the wind to reflect the mood of the day. The gnashing of teeth this week about Arthur's Day is a case in point. In The Irish Times yesterday, my colleague Kitty Holland reported the views of Alex White,... Full Story


DrinkHelp.ie provides access to information on alcohol-related issues and services

DrinkHelp.ie, a new website to assist people seeking help and advice in relation to alcohol-related issues, has been launched by Alcohol Action Ireland. DrinkHelp.ie has been developed by Alcohol Action Ireland in response to consistent demand from people contacting the charity seeking access to alcohol services, as well as information and advice. Last year, almost 6,000 people used Alcohol Action Ireland's Alcohol Service Finder to search for help. That coupled with demand for information relating to alcohol consumption led Alcohol... Full Story


Statement to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications by Professor Joe Barry

Professor Joe Barry, Public Health Specialist and Board Member of Alcohol Action Ireland: I would now like to follow on from what Dr Smyth has told you and thank you on my own behalf for affording us the hearing today. We read with interest the transcripts of your interaction with the three main sporting bodies on the 27th of March. I have played sport myself from my early teens and my undistinguished sporting career ended with about 5 years playing... Full Story


Statement to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications by Dr Bobby Smyth

Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychologist and Board Member of Alcohol Action Ireland: We have a major alcohol problem in Ireland. It kills 1,200 people per year. There are 2,000 Irish people in hospital beds today due to alcohol use. The harms generated by alcohol are felt not just by the drinker, but by those around them also. 10% of Irish children say their lives have been adversely affected by their parents drinking. More starkly, it is estimated... Full Story


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