Warning on low-cost alcohol as publicans call for minimum prices

November, 2014

Warning on low-cost alcohol as publicans call for minimum prices

Almost half of the alcohol sold in Ireland is being sold at “close to or below cost price”, publicans have claimed.

From Independent.ie

The issue was raised in an Oireachtas Justice Committee with representatives of the Vintners Association of Ireland (VFI) and the National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA).

VFI Chief Executive Padraig Cribben told the committee that 60pc of the alcohol consumed in Ireland is now sold in the off-premises trade – a complete reversal of the figures since 1999. He said supermarkets make up the majority of this trade, adding that 42pc of the alcohol consumed in Ireland is being sold “close to or below cost price”.

Head physician interview: Should the end of Arthur’s Day be just the beginning?

November, 2014

Head physician interview: Should the end of Arthur’s Day be just the beginning?

If you’re ever wondering what happened to Arthur’s Day this year, look no farther than Kildare Street in Dublin to discover who killed off Guinness’s promotion.

From The Irish Times

The campaign against the excessive drinking that was a feature of the event had its headquarters not among the politicians working out of Kildare Street, but down the road at No 6, the headquarters of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Number of drownings falls but alcohol a factor in third of cases

From the Irish Examiner

However, alcohol, was a factor in one third of the 91 deaths recorded in 2013.

John Leech, chief executive of Irish Water Safety, said a two-week heatwave in July last year claimed 13 lives.

“Following the widespread media coverage of these deaths, the message did get across and parents and the general public realised the danger and modified their behaviour,” he said.

An average for Ireland had been 135 deaths every year, with three quarters male and the majority of victims adult.

At home, glass in hand, nobody tells you to ‘wrap it up’

November, 2014

At home, glass in hand, nobody tells you to ‘wrap it up’

We all do it. We all come home after a long day and treat ourselves to a glass of wine to ‘take the edge off’. But it seems women are no longer stopping at just one glass. More than ever before, women are not just hitting the wine, they are doing something far more dangerous – getting behind the wheel of their car afterwards.

Charities have duty to speak out on social policy

November, 2014

Charities have duty to speak out on social policy

ALCOHOL lobbyists must be countered, says Evelyn Gillan

From The Scotsman

Charities have been in the political firing line again after George Osborne urged business leaders to speak out in favour of the free market to counter “an anti-free market movement led by trade unions and charities”. The Chancellor’s comments come hot on the heels of a suggestion by one of his ministerial colleagues that charities should “stick to their knitting”.