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Alcohol abuse cost €3.7bn a year – Alcohol Action Ireland appears on TV3 news

The Government should "seriously consider" raising taxes on alcohol to reduce the estimated €3.7 billion cost to the state from alcohol abuse, according to a HSE report on the issue. The research also goes on to suggest that the alcohol industry had, until recently, "exercised undue influence on government policy". The report comes as provisional figures indicate that alcohol consumption levels in Ireland increased last year for the first time since 2001. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan welcomed the... Full Story


Alcohol charity urges parents to talk to kids about Leaving Cert celebration plans

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urges parents of the country's 55,000 Leaving Cert students to talk with their children about their celebratory plans as research shows that children in Ireland begin drinking at a younger age than a decade ago. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "Students deserve to go out, celebrate getting their results and mark such a major milestone in their lives.   For a significant number this will involve alcohol, many feel that... Full Story


Our ‘drinking culture’ isn’t romantic, it’s killing us – Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan writes in thejournal.ie

WE LOVE TO talk about Ireland's alcohol culture - it allows us to speculate about how we drink and why we drink, without ever actually doing anything about it. We can engage in romantic notions of the dark Celtic soul, or question if as a nation we just have an addictive personality. In the meantime, one person dies every seven hours from an alcohol-related cause. Alcohol is the biggest killer of young people in Ireland and 100,000 kids - enough... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland appears in European Parliament

Alcohol Action Ireland's Policy Officer Cliona Murphy delivered the closing remarks at the Under the Influence: Protecting teens from the impact of alcohol marketing seminar which took place in the European Parliament recently. Event: Under the Influence: Protecting teens from the impact of alcohol marketing seminar Location: European Parliament (Brussels) Hosted by MEPs: Anna Hedh (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE) Organisers: Eurocare and STAP (Ducth Institute for Alcohol Policy) Alcohol is one of the most heavily marketed products on our... Full Story


Alcohol Action Ireland invites tenders from qualified individuals and organisations to conduct research to measure young people’s exposure to, and awareness of, alcohol marketing in Ireland

Children and young people, as a population group, are at increased risk of alcohol-related health and social harms. Irish young people's drinking demonstrates worrying trends in relation to alcohol use as the most recent survey of drinking among European 15 and 16-year-olds (ESPAD 2007) shows: 42% reported binge-drinkingin the last month Over half (54%) reported being drunk at least once by the age of 16 Thesurvey identified "a major issue around drunkenness" From a public health perspective there is a... Full Story


Alcohol charity urges parents to talk to kids about Exam celebration plans as research shows children in Ireland are starting to drink earlier than ever before

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, urges parents to talk openly about their children's celebratory plans once exams come to an end as new research reveals that children in Ireland begin drinking at a younger age than a decade ago. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "It's natural after the stress of the past few months for students to want to let their hair down and celebrate the end of exams. For a significant number of... Full Story


Alcohol charity urges ‘hidden child carers’ to be remembered during National Carers Week (13-19 June)

Estimated 71,000 children in Ireland taking care of a parent or siblings due to parental alcohol problems Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, has called on the Government to remember the "hidden carers" - the thousands of children caring for siblings and parents due to parental alcohol problems and take the necessary steps to improve these children's lives. Speaking during National Carers Week, Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said:   "There are a significant number of children... Full Story


Boosting health, reducing drinking: tips to cut down from alcohol charity ahead of Men’s Health Week

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is urging men to take care of their health and to be aware of their drinking ahead of Men's Health Week 2011. The charity has launched a new leaflet asking men to look at their drinking and put in place a few easy tips to help cut down. The 'Men and alcohol: Making the drink link' is the latest leaflet from Alcohol Action Ireland which aims to provide information, help, advice... Full Story


Alcohol charity welcomes new ‘life saver’ drink-driving legislation

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, today welcomes the introduction of new life saving drink driving legislation which allows for the mandatory alcohol testing of drivers in injury-related road accidents. The new measures, which form the basis of the Road Traffic Act 2011 and come into force from today, require Gardai to conduct mandatory breath tests of drivers at the scene of road collisions where someone has been injured. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said:... Full Story


Five facts to know about alcohol and cancer – Alcohol charity marks European Week Against Cancer

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, highlighted the fact that reducing the amount we drink will contribute to reducing the number of cancer cases in Ireland. The charity was speaking ahead of European Week Against Cancer (25-31 May) which highlights the links between alcohol and cancer. Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan said: "One in ten cancers in men and one in 33 cancers in women is caused by alcohol. "Drinking more than two drinks a day... Full Story


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