training and events
Facing "The Fear" - Alcohol & Mental Health
Alcohol Action Ireland's annual conference takes place on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland's Alcohol Policy Group holds its first public meeting
“Join the National Conversation on Alcohol; Who’s calling the shots?“, on Monday September 23 in RCPI, No. 6 Kildare St at 6 p.m.
"Workplace Drugs and Alcohol – Assessment, Treatment & Rehabilitation"
The 34th Annual EAP Conference & Learning Institute takes place in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street., Dublin, on Thursday, October 10
'Conversations about Alcohol
Alcohol Concern's annual conference will take place in London on November 19, 2013
Institute of Public Health: Open Conference
Following the success of the Open Conference held In Belfast last year the IPH invites you to attend the 2nd Public Health Open Conference on Tuesday, October 8 n Croke Par
Online Conference: Digital Alcohol Marketing
EUCAM will examine digital alcohol marketing practices and their impact on the drinking habits of young people during an online conference in October
alcohol headlines – national and international
Mums-to-be here are the 'biggest drinkers'
Role of alcohol in suicides must be accepted and addressed
Setting the record straight on minimum pricing
Alcohol has ‘enormous bearing’ on suicide and self-harm rates, says Lynch
Keeping arts in the black can be a risky business
How we bought into the PR scam that is Arthur's Day
Ministers close to deal on tackling under-age drinking
Abuse of alcohol is strongly linked to self-harming cases
Move to tackle cheap alcohol sales 'on way'
Football spectators subjected to ‘embedded’ drinks marketing
We are drinking ourselves into a state of oblivion
'Family pub night' plan to curb teen drinking comes under fire
Energy drinks and alcohol: research supported by industry may be downplaying harms
Research finds 68% increased risk of small baby birth for women who binge drink during the second trimester of pregnancy
UCC: ‘Quiet’ housing units may join booze-free apartments
Nearly 1 in 10 U.S. high school seniors report extreme binge drinking; some down 15 drinks in a row
A&E: Staff forced to cope with alcohol-related problems
More awareness of mouth cancer needed
Mayor afraid to walk the streets of his own city after dark
The Insidious Genius of Hello Kitty-Branded Beer
Council to push ahead with minimum alcohol pricing plans despite councillor backlash
ASA rebukes Comedy Central for Friends alcohol ads
Victim's alcohol-violence film
The Facebook effect? Social media exposure increases smoking and drinking among teens
Role of alcohol in suicide must spur Cabinet to action
Minimum alcohol prices 'brought in by stealth', say drinks firms
Warning on dangers of using smartphone apps to check alcohol consumption
Alastair Campbell interview: 'Britain is a problem-drinking country. It's time we woke up to it'
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80% of women in Ireland drank at some point in their pregnancy, according to a recent international birth study led by researchers in Cork See more alcohol facts
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Alcohol takes centre stage on "Arthur's Day"
Our relationship with alcohol is no cause for celebration



"Arthur’s Day is neither an altruistic nor philanthropic initiative. It’s a very well-resourced marketing campaign to increase the sales of Diageo products," said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.

"The reality is that alcohol, and not music, takes centre stage on Arthur’s Day, which is an alcohol marketing event that serves exactly the same function as the alcohol industry’s sponsorship of sports and arts events, which is to increase awareness of an alcohol brand, sell more of that alcohol and, ultimately, increase shareholder profit.

"An avalanche of marketing messages portraying alcohol as a hugely positive product is followed by a request to ‘drink responsibly’, but only, as ever, after they are first and foremost encouraged to drink, and in this particular case, to start early by raising a pint just before 6 p.m. on a Thursday evening," said Ms Costello.

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How much are we really drinking?
The key questions about alcohol consumption answered


How is our alcohol consumption worked out in Ireland?

Alcohol consumption figures for Ireland are calculated on the basis of figures provided by the Office of the Revenue Commissioners and the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The total volume of alcohol consumed, measured in litres of pure alcohol, is based on Revenue clearances data and then this figure is divided by the population aged 15-years-old and above, as defined by the latest Census information available from the CSO.

Do the figures provide an accurate reflection of our alcohol consumption?

This simple calculation is the standard method used in Ireland and in many other countries to work out rates of alcohol consumption.

The biggest issue with this method is that it’s estimated that over a fifth of Irish people do not drink at all, which is not reflected in the figures. So when this is taken into account, those who are drinking are clearly drinking more, on average, than the consumption figures calculated this way indicate.

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Alcohol Action Ireland and RCPI's Alcohol Policy Group call for the introduction of minimum pricing in Pre Budget Submissions
Minimum pricing is one of the most effective ways to tackle alcohol-related harm
Professor Frank Murray, Chair of the Alcohol Policy Group at Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, joins Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland, in calling for the introduction of minimum pricing on alcohol in their Pre-Budget Submissions


Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland ’s Alcohol Policy Group are calling for the introduction of minimum pricing on alcohol in their Pre-Budget Submissions, which they launched recently.

In a joint statement, the organisations said: “There is compelling evidence that pricing is one of the most effective ways to tackle alcohol-related harm. Minimum pricing will set a floor price beneath which alcohol cannot be sold. These cheap alcoholic drinks are consumed by the heaviest drinkers, who are most at risk of alcohol-related illness and death. Young people, who generally have the least disposable income, also tend to purchase the cheapest alcohol products."

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research and reports
Alcohol Action Ireland Pre Budget Submission 2014
Alcohol Action Ireland's Pre-Budget Submission 2014 calls for the introduction of minimum pricing. Minimum pricing has the potential to significantly reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland, resulting in a reduction of the substantial costs incurred by the State and the number of lives lost due to alcohol in Ireland every year. It would effectively target those drinkers choosing the cheapest and strongest alcohol products, who would benefit most from a reduction in their consumption, while having little or no effect on low-risk drinkers. In conjunction with minimum pricing, a very modest "social responsibility" levy on the alcohol industry would make a significant contribution to funding activities and initiatives that would help to reduce the social and health harms caused by its products in Ireland.
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RCPI Alcohol Policy Group Pre-Budget Submission 2014
The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland's Alcohol Policy Group bas called for the introduction of minimum pricing and an increase in excise duty in its Pre-Budget Submission 2014.
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IMO Position Paper: Alcohol & Young People
The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has clear policy in relation to the sale and promotion of alcohol to young people and is calling above all for the introduction of a minimum pricing structure for the sale of alcohol in Ireland as well as a total ban on all advertising and promotion.
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Association Between Maternal Alcohol Consumption in Early Pregnancy and Pregnancy Outcomes
A high level of alcohol consumption in pregnancy has been reported by this international birth study led by researchers in Cork, who found Ireland had the highest proportion of drinking during pregnancy. The study found 80 per cent of women in Ireland drank at some point in their pregnancy compared to 65 per cent in the UK, 38 per cent in Australia and 53 per cent in New Zealand. A follow-up study will look at the situation in other European countries. 80 per cent of the 1,774 women recruited to the Irish part of the study had consumed some alcohol in the first 15 weeks of pregnancy. More than 20 per cent reported drinking moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol at 15 weeks of pregnancy, while 31 per cent of women in Ireland admitted to two or more episodes of binge drinking in the first 15 weeks.
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The National Office for Suicide Prevention's Annual Report (2012)
The National Office for Suicide Prevention's (NOSP) Annual Report (2012)  highlights alcohol and substance misuse as a major risk factor in self harm and suicide and says that NOSP will continue to "challenge permissive, harmful attitudes to alcohol abuse, help to reduce overall consumption rates and raise awareness of the association between alcohol and/or substance abuse and suicidal behaviour.".
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Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System
The Second Report of the Suicide Support and Information System identified alcohol and drug abuse as a major risk factor for suicide across the identified subgroups and made a number of recommendations to reflect this. The report found that the presence of alcohol and/or drug abuse was known for 173 cases, which was confirmed for 60.7%. Among these, 48.6% had abused alcohol, 21% had abused drugs and 27.6% had abused both alcohol and drugs.
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The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm 2012
The National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm in Ireland's annual report for 2012 from the National Suicide Research Foundation found that Alcohol was involved in 38% of all cases. While overall alcohol involvement decreased slightly from 2011, alcohol was significantly more often involved in male episodes of self-harm than female episodes (42% versus 36%, respectively). Alcohol may be one of the factors underlying the pattern of presentations with deliberate self-harm by time of day and day of week. Presentations peaked in the hours around midnight and almost one-third of all presentations occurred on Sundays and Mondays.
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