training and events
Mind the Gender Gap: Smoking and Drinking in Women and Young Girls
A workshop by the European Institute of Women's Health (EIWH) to mark the European Week Against Cancer and the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union
European Week Against Cancer Conference
The Irish Cancer Society in partnership with the Association of European Cancer Leagues, will host the Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer in the Aviva stadium Dublin on May 29-30, 2013
Diploma in Drug & Alcohol Studies (UL) 2013 - 2014
The University of Limerick (UL) Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies 2013-2014 will be commencing in September 2013 in Limerick, Dublin and Sligo
Information on Services for Travellers
A community health event hosted by the Primary Health Care for Travellers Project & The Drug and Alcohol Programme
Online Conference: Digital Alcohol Marketing
EUCAM to examine digital alcohol marketing practices and their impact on the drinking habits of young people
alcohol headlines – national and international
Would you ‘Like’ a drink? Youth drinking cultures, social networking and alcohol marketing
Calling time on its Guinness sponsorship can ultimately be good business for the GAA
VFI calls for Alcohol Action Plan and the introduction of regulations controlling the sale, promotion and supply of alcohol
NOffLA Speaks: Further call for government action
Majority of publicans want minimum alcohol pricing
Still no warning labels on alcohol one year on
Rehab for drunk drivers and road rage affected
Inventive, ubiquitous, intrusive…. Heineken’s new social media strategy
Alyn Smith: Whisky association must accept a sound judgement
As someone who uses alcohol as a prop myself, I can see there’s a problem
Tackling Alcohol-Related Harm, I’m in! – The First European Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm (AWARH ‘13)
Hurling’s new €2m sponsor
Should those with a vested interest comment on minimum alcohol pricing?
Statutory code planned for drink sales
Addictive, Harmful, Toxic, Celebrated. Cheers to that!
Calls for Ireland to follow as Scotland pushes ahead with minimum alcohol price
Minimum pricing for alcohol: the red-faced ranters have won
Ban children from drinking alcohol – EU report
The pain of growing up with an alcoholic mother
Minimum pricing: Challenge to Scottish alcohol legislation fails
New research finds minimum alcohol prices in Canada save lives without harming the drinks industry
NOFAS responds to “Light Drinking” during pregnancy research
Ad campaign turning heads one belly at a time
In the fight against alcohol misuse, pricing policies are the way to go
Government is urged to come down on the side of public health interests
Gardai have targeted over 900 licensed premises suspected of selling alcohol to minors with “test purchases”
Hospitals carry the €22 million cost of Galway’s drink crisis
Plastic surgeons are treating around 200 patients a year who are the victim of alcohol-related bites, new figures show
EU commissioner backs minimum pricing 'in principle'
Queen's speech: alcohol and cigarettes curbs 'not abandoned'
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A total of €6.37 billion was spent buying alcohol in Ireland in 2011, according to the CSO’s National Income and Expenditure Account read more »
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Scottish court decision also bolsters the Irish case for minimum pricing

Alcohol Action Ireland has welcomed the ruling by the Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court in favour of the legality of the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing.

The judgement clears the way for the introduction of minimum pricing in Scotland following the legal challenge by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and several European wine and spirits bodies, who claimed that minimum pricing breaches the UK’s European Union (EU) Treaty obligations because it would restrict trade. The SWA intends to appeal the decision and also has a parallel case in the European Court of Justice.

Judge Lord Doherty heard the legal arguments from the alcohol industry and the Scottish Government over several days earlier this year. He ruled today that minimum pricing is not incompatible with EU law. The Scottish Government had passed the legislation in May 2012, setting a minimum unit price of 50p.

“This ruling is a significant one, not just for Scotland, but also for Ireland and the other EU countries which are seeking to introduce minimum pricing – a floor price beneath which alcohol cannot be sold – to tackle alcohol-related harm,” said Conor Cullen, Communications Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Partnerships with alcohol companies are nothing for our sporting organisations to be proud of

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the country's sporting organisations currently in receipt of alcohol sponsorship money to widen their search for new commercial sponsors so they can break their close links with the alcohol industry.

“The GAA’s recent deal with Liberty Insurance, which will replace Guinness as one of the three main sponsors of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship, shows that not only should alcohol sponsorship be removed from sports in Ireland, but that it is possible without causing a serious financial impact for the sporting organisations involved,” said Conor Cullen, Communications Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes statement from the RCPI’s Policy Group on Alcohol

Alcohol Action Ireland welcomes the recent statement from the Royal College of Physician of Ireland's (RCPI) Policy Group on Alcohol and echoes its calls for the introduction of minimum pricing, along with other key measures to tackle alcohol marketing and availability.

"The huge increases in the rate of young Irish people suffering – and dying – from chronic alcohol-related conditions outlined in the statement from the RCPI today are shocking, but unfortunately they are not surprising given our high levels and dangerous patterns of alcohol consumption,” said Conor Cullen, Communications Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Alcohol Action Ireland appoints a new Policy and Advocacy Officer
 

Alcohol Action Ireland is delighted to announce the appointment of Catherine Keane as its new Policy and Advocacy Officer.

Catherine is a qualified solicitor with significant policy development experience at an Irish and EU level, having worked for the Fine Gael Leader’s Office in Leinster House and for former MEP Avril Doyle in the European Parliament, Brussels. She worked in private practice as a civil litigation and employment law solicitor before taking up her role with Alcohol Action Ireland.

“We are delighted that Catherine has joined the Alcohol Action Ireland team. She brings a wealth of experience in the area of policy, which will enable her to make a significant contribution to our ongoing work to reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland,” said Conor Cullen, Communications Officer with Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Alcohol & Our Health
 
Alcohol increases your risk of developing more than 60 diseases and medical conditions, even at low levels of consumption.

Alcohol & Our Health is an infograph from Alcohol Action Ireland highlighting some of the most striking impacts of alcohol on the health of our nation.

Follow this link to view Alcohol & Ouir Health

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research and reports
Youth drinking cultures, social networking and alcohol marketing: implications for public health
Alcohol consumption and heavy drinking in young adults have been key concerns for public health. Alcohol marketing is an important factor in contributing to negative outcomes. The rapid growth in the use of new social networking technologies raises new issues regarding alcohol marketing, as well as potential impacts on alcohol cultures more generally. Young people, for example, routinely tell and re-tell drinking stories online, share images depicting drinking, and are exposed to often intensive and novel forms of alcohol marketing. read more »
RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol: Reducing Alcohol Health Harm
n response to the increasing levels of alcohol-related harm observed in recent years in Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) established a Policy Group on Alcohol in 2012. The first statement from the Policy Group was issued in April 2013 and it makes a number of key recommendations for reducing alcohol health harm in Ireland, many of which echo those contained in the Steering Group Report on the National Substance MIsuse Strategy (February 2012). read more »
Minimum Alcohol Prices and Outlet Densities in British Columbia, Canada: Estimated Impacts on Alcohol-Attributable Hospital Admissions
This study investigated whether periodic increases in minimum alcohol prices were associated with reduced alcohol-attributable hospital admissions in British Columbia. Significant health benefits were observed when minimum alcohol prices in British Columbia were increased. By contrast, adverse health outcomes were associated with an expansion of private liquor stores. read more »
Industry Use of Evidence to Influence Alcohol Policy: A Case Study of Submissions to the 2008 Scottish Government Consultation
Researchers, led by Dr Jim McCambridge at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, found that the alcohol industry had ignored, misrepresented and undermined scientific evidence in submissions made to the Scottish Government's 2008 consultation, "Changing Scotland's relationship with alcohol." The consultation looked at policy proposals to introduce minimum unit pricing and end irresponsible promotions, including below-cost selling of alcoholic drinks. read more »
Is alcohol too cheap in the UK? The case for setting a Minimum Unit Price for alcohol
The paper, written by Dr Tim Stockwell and Dr Gerald Thomas, reviews the most recent evidence on minimum pricing, whilst addressing common criticisms of the policy. The authors conclude that policymakers can be confident that substantial health and social benefits will follow if the measure is introduced in the UK. read more »
Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU
A report commissioned by the EU cites research showing the long-term health effects of even moderate drinking among children. "Preventing Alcohol Use Disorders Among Children and Adolescents in the EU" was published by the Working Group on the Quality of Childhood at the European Parliament. read more »
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