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Reports


The State of the Nation’s Children Report: Ireland 2012

This is the fourth report in a biennial series prepared by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in association with the Central Statistics Office and the Health Promotion Research Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2010, 18.3% of children aged 10-17 reported that they had been drunk at least
once in the last 30 days. See pages 128 to 135 for full alcohol statistics from this report.

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Global Burden of DIsease - Ireland Profile

Global Burden of Disease (GBD) country profiles provide customized reports that summarize changes in countries’ health between 1990 and 2010. First, the profiles highlight declines in mortality across different age groups and sexes. Second, these reports show separately the leading diseases and injuries that cause people to die prematurely and become disabled. Third, the top diseases and injuries are ranked using a combined metric of premature death and disability, the disability-adjusted life year (DALYs). Fourth, the main risk factors attributable to different diseases and injuries are shown. Finally, “benchmarking” tables and figures compare a country’s health progress to that of its peers, called “comparator countries.”

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The Burden of Liver Disease in Europe

The past 30 years have witnessed major progress in the knowledge and management of liver disease, yet approximately 29 million people in the European Union still suffer from a chronic liver condition. This report reviews 260 epidemiological studies published in the last five years to survey the current state of evidence on the burden of liver disease in Europe and its causes.

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Publications


Alcohol & Pregnancy Leaflet

It is in a child’s best interests for a prospective mother not to drink alcohol while pregnant, due to the risk of damaging the physical and mental development of the unborn child — damage which can have serious, life-long consequences.

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Outcomes from the conference, Facing 'The Fear': Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland

Alcohol's role as a serious risk factor in mental health difficulties, including suicide, self-harm and depression, was examined by expert speakers at a conference held in November 2013 by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues.

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Submission to the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland on The Review of the Code of Standards for Advertising

In Ireland there is no statutory regulation of alcohol marketing, only voluntary codes. The codes themselves do not adequately address digital marketing - one of the most potent channels for target marketing to young people. Alcohol marketing, including advertising, sponsorship and other forms of promotion, increases the likelihood that adolescents will start to use alcohol, and to drink more if they are already using alcohol.

Due to the lack of effective regulations and legislation, young people are poorly protected from these sophisticated and powerful influences on their drinking behaviour and expectations. Alcohol Action Ireland recently made a submission to the Advertising Standards Association of Ireland’s Code review and proposed some practical and realistic measures to help reduce children’s exposure to alcohol marketing, both online and in the mainstream media.

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