Letter from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the real cost of alcohol in Ireland

June, 2015

Letter from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the real cost of alcohol in Ireland

The Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children, chaired by Jerry Buttimer TD, has finished its work on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

It has recommended the introduction of a series of amendments to the Bill that can reduce the number of men, women and children in Ireland who die or are harmed by alcohol use.

Doctors welcome Health Committee Report on Alcohol Legislation

June, 2015

Doctors welcome Health Committee Report on Alcohol Legislation

Doctors have welcomed a report published today on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 by the Joint Committee on Health and Children which supports the introduction of a minimum unit price of alcohol, the labeling of alcohol products with health warnings and putting the regulation of alcohol advertising on a statutory basis.

Professor Frank Murray, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland and Consultant Gastroenterologist at Beaumont Hospital said, “Alcohol consumption in Ireland remains very high in comparison to other European countries and Irish people continue to binge drink more frequently than other nationalities. Alcohol causes dreadful medical illnesses and is a major contributor to accidents and suicide.

New alcohol legislation must include provision for robust labelling and code of conduct: Health Committee

June, 2015

New alcohol legislation must include provision for robust labelling and code of conduct: Health Committee

New legislation on alcohol labelling should be treated in a similar fashion to tobacco legislation, to include clear, graphic and standardised health warnings for maximum effect, according to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.

In a report on upcoming alcohol legislation, the Committee recommends a complementary public awareness campaign should be run to clearly explain labelling to the public and explain alcohol content in grams, standard drink size, and relate this to recommended maximum weekly consumption.

Varadkar calls for Europe-wide action on alcohol at Council of Ministers

June, 2015

Varadkar calls for Europe-wide action on alcohol at Council of Ministers

Speaking at the EPSCO Council of Ministers meeting in Luxembourg this morning, Minister for Health Leo Varadkar called on the European Commission to bring forward a European Strategy to tackle alcohol misuse, which is a major personal and public health problem across the continent.

“Ireland is pressing ahead with our first and far-reaching public health legislation on alcohol. I expect to publish the Bill this summer.

NGOs resign from Health Forum as European Commission ignores Member State and European Parliament calls for Alcohol Strategy

June, 2015

NGOs resign from Health Forum as European Commission ignores Member State and European Parliament calls for Alcohol Strategy

Public Health NGOs, including Alcohol Action Ireland, have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner  Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy.

The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe.