training and events
Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer 2013
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.
“Excessive alcoholism amongst youths in public spaces: the mobilisation of European cities towards a common strategy”
The European and French Forums for Urban Security are organising, in partnership with the city of Nantes (twin city with Cardiff), this European conference
Healthcare Innovation Awards
The Biomnis Healthcare Innovation Awards has 10 categories that cover everything from Innovation in Quality of Service Delivery to the provision of Patient Safety Initiatives
alcohol headlines – national and international
Doctors warn alcohol sponsorship of sports ‘grooming’ child drinkers
Alcohol pricing plan to go before departments
WHO confirms that the alcohol industry has no role in the formulation of alcohol policies
‘Grooming’ next generation of drinkers
Making a healthy Ireland
Gastroenterologists call on Government to tackle cheap alcohol
Cut booze and cut cancer – charity
Kerry CoCo alcohol call is ‘another reason to move’
Taoiseach ‘must give leadership in fight against alcohol abuse’
Alcohol – set an example to the kids on drink
A former health minister outlines the three reasons why politicians have failed to act on alcohol
Response to our chronic addiction is a sick joke
‘Ambivalence to alcohol abuse must be removed’
Gardai planning crackdown on drinking before concerts
Our teenagers are crying out for help. We have to start listening
Plan to renew measures on tobacco, alcohol and sugar
25% of senior cycle students are problem drinkers
The lifelong effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and what it costs to us all
We must cut sport’s drink links
FAI seeks easing of alcohol rules
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Alcohol has been identified as a contributory factor in 97% of public order offenses as recorded under the Garda PULSE system More facts on alcohol in Ireland
Lack of strict legislation governing alcohol advertising and sponsorship is allowing Irish children to be “groomed” by the alcohol industry

The lack of strict legislation governing alcohol advertising and sponsorship is allowing Irish children to be “groomed” by the alcohol industry, the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications has heard.

Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Professor Joe Barry, Public Health Specialist, addressed the Committee yesterday (Wednesday) morning on behalf of Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, of which they are both board members.

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the government to implement the recommendations of the Steering Group Report on the National Substance Misuse Strategy, which would see alcohol sponsorship of sports phased out and bring an end to the current system of self-regulation for alcohol marketing, along with a large number of other, wide-ranging measures designed to reduce the significant economic and human costs of alcohol-related harm in Ireland.

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Statement to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications by Dr Bobby Smyth, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist 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 that parental drinking accounts for one sixth of all cases of child abuse and neglect. How strange these innocent victims of our drinking culture must find it looking out into an Ireland that chooses to bombard them with positive images of alcohol, linking it to fun, social and sporting prowess.

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Statement to the Joint Committee on Transport and Communications by 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 in an over 35s Soccer league. I continue to enjoy watching and attending all codes and agree that sporting organisations have a very important part to play in this country. I was therefore saddened to read what the heads of the IRFU, FAI and GAA said to you.

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“Reduce Your Drinking: Reduce Your Cancer Risk”

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, is encouraging people to examine their drinking habits and to reduce their cancer risk by reducing the amount of alcohol they drink.

The charity has highlighted the link between alcohol and cancer in the latest in its series of information leaflets on alcohol, “Reduce Your Drinking: Reduce Your Cancer Risk”, which is available to download at

read more » is launched to help people find alcohol-related services and information, a new website to assist people seeking help and support in relation to alcohol-related issues has been launched by Alcohol Acytion Ireland. 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 Action Ireland to develop its new website.

research and reports
Report on the impact of European alcohol marketing exposure on youth alcohol expectancies and youth drinking
In order to study the impact of alcohol marketing exposure, two studies have been conducted by the Alcohol Measures for Public Health Alliance (AMPHORA): one study on online alcohol marketing and a second study on alcohol-branded sport sponsorship. The findings suggest that exposure to online alcohol marketing is associated with subsequent drinking over time and that exposure to alcohol-branded sport sponsorship is associated with recent drinking over time. Both were seen to be serious but avoidable dangers to adolescents’ health. View this report
Colorectal Cancer Incidence, Mortality, Treatment and Survival in Ireland: 1994 – 2010
The number of Irish people suffering from colorectal cancer is predicted to increase by 34 per cent in women and 45 per cent in men by 2020, according to a report published recently by the National Cancer Registry. The report states that lifestyle factors are "extremely important" in colorectal cancer, with alcohol a cause of both colon and rectal cancers. View this report
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. View this report
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