The Irish public would have to foot the bill for cheaper alcohol

September, 2014

The Irish public would have to foot the bill for cheaper alcohol

The Irish public will be asked to foot the bill for lower alcohol prices if the alcohol industry campaign for lower excise duty is successful, Alcohol Action Ireland has warned.

“The alcohol industry’s concerted campaign for a cut in excise duty is seeking to focus everyone’s attention on its economic contribution while encouraging them to ignore the significant harm caused by its products to the people of Ireland,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.

Kenny shouldn’t have opened new brewery

September, 2014

Kenny shouldn’t have opened new brewery

Letter to the Irish Examiner

In his recent speech at the opening of a new Guinness production facility at St James’s Gate, Dublin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny lauded the contribution of the drinks industry to the economy in terms of employment, export earnings, purchasing of raw materials, and the tourist sector.

In the context of present-day economic realities, nobody can quibble with these sentiments. Regrettably, by his very presence at the event and by views which he also articulated, the Taoiseach played into the hands of a drinks industry that is only too pleased to have its activities endorsed by a person of the Taoiseach’s standing.

Excise cuts are best for big business, not local pubs

After dispatching a fine pint of ale recently, I spied my beer mat through the bottom of the empty glass. “Support your local,” it exhorted, “reverse excise: create jobs.” The mats are part of the increasingly vocal campaign by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (Digi) for a budget cut in excise duty on alcohol.

From The Irish Times

Support your local? Support your local multinational drinks behemoth, more like. Even a swingeing cut in excise would give only a small boost to pubs, which are responsible for the biggest chunk of the 92,000 jobs my beer mat tells me are supported by the drinks industry.

Alcohol raises suicide risk by 800pc

September, 2014

Alcohol raises suicide risk by 800pc

ALCOHOL increases the risk of suicide by an alarming 800pc.

From The Herald

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has acknowledged that alcohol use, particularly in key age groups such as the 20-35 year group, can have a hugely damaging impact on mental health.

The revelation came as Ireland marked World Suicide Prevention Day.

A report by the HSE found that: “Alcohol can facilitate suicide by increasing impulsivity, changing mood and deepening depression.”

Suicide is now the leading cause of death for Irish men aged from 15 to 24 years.

Junior Cert celebrations should not involve alcohol

September, 2014

Junior Cert celebrations should not involve alcohol

“It’s natural that students who are getting their Junior Cert results today want to have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland.

“However, these celebrations should not involve alcohol and there is a real and immediate obligation on alcohol retailers – pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets, shops and off-licenses – to ensure that they are not selling alcohol to people under the age of 18.