Alcohol Strategy Information Meeting

April, 2014

Alcohol Strategy Information Meeting

A public meeting to explore the issues around alcohol misuse in society and ways to address it will take place in Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday, April 29.

The meeting is being organised by Southside Partnership Training Network and the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drugs and Alcohol Task Force and takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Mounttown Community Facility.

Dr Shane Butler, Trinity College Dublin, will be among the expert speakers on the night and key issues addressed will include:

  • Why is society so slow to take action to reduce alcohol-related harms?

Cost of alcohol credited for drop in serious violence in England and Wales

A decline in binge drinking and the rising price of alcoholis behind a dramatic 12% fall in the number of people injured in serious violence across England and Wales last year, a pioneering academic research study claims.

From The Guardian

An estimated 234,509 people sought treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments across England and Wales in 2013 – 32,780 fewer than in 2012, according to the national violence surveillance network developed by Cardiff University.

Professor Jonathan Shepherd, director of the university’s violence and society research group, said figures showed there had been a sustained fall in levels of serious violence in every year since 2001, apart from a 7% rise in 2008.

Alcohol industry’s complaints about TV advert’s cancer link thrown out

The ad, which was broadcast in the north-east of England and produced by local alcohol campaign group Balance, showed a man in his kitchen preparing a meal. After taking a bottle of beer from the fridge and starting to drink it, a small tumour was seen in the bottom of the glass. It grew with every sip he took, before sliding down the glass towards his mouth.

Balance had spoken to doctors to ensure the commercial was not misleading or alarmist. It highlighted the fact that the World Health Organisation classes alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen, alongside tobacco.

Health Minister addresses alcohol industry efforts to influence public health policy

Last year Government has approved an extensive package of measures to deal with alcohol misuse to be incorporated in a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. These measures are based on the recommendations contained in the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, 2012. The package of measures to be implemented will include provision for minimum unit pricing, regulation of the marketing and advertising of alcohol, regulation of sports sponsorship, structural separation of alcohol from other products in mixed trading outlets and labelling of alcohol products. Work on developing a framework for the necessary Department of Health legislation is continuing. It is hoped to publish a General Scheme of a Bill in the coming months.