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An urgent opportunity to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland.


Alcohol Action Ireland

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

A letter to the editor from the Alcohol Health Alliance on the new Government and the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: Dear Editor, We welcome the Government commitment to enacting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the Programme for Partnership Government and fully support its prompt progression through the Oireachtas. This long-awaited legislation, which has cross party support in the Oireachtas, has already concluded second stage in the Seanad and can quickly be enacted and become law within the first 100 days of this Government, if the political will is there to finally tackle our harmful relationship with alcohol in Ireland. Harmful alcohol consumption in Ireland costs the state â,¬2.35 billion annually in providing healthcare, policing and enforcement, and other services. We know that alcohol harm not only affects the individual drinker, but also affects others around them, including their children and other family members, friends, co-workers and the wider community. The lack of a progressive alcohol policy in Ireland to date has resulted in childrenâ?Ts lives being blighted by alcohol misuse resulting from parental addiction and contributing to financial difficulties, family breakdown, neglect and abuse. The measures within the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill are a very important and positive first step in our efforts to reduce alcohol harm and improve the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Most importantly, this legislation will save lives and improve the quality and quantity of life for many of our citizens. Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland â?" the first public health advocacy coalition formed on alcohol, is calling on the new partnership Government to tackle these urgent problems now by enacting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill without further delay. This will lead to immediate improvements in the health and wellbeing of our people as well as a huge economic benefit in our society. We look forward to supporting our public representatives in this initiative. Yours sincerely, Prof Frank Murray. President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Chair of Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland Suzanne Costello, Alcohol Action Ireland Paul Gordon, Irish Cancer Society Mary Cunningham, National Youth Council of Ireland Barry Dempsey, Irish Heart Foundation Senator Frances Black, The Rise Foundation Grainia Long, ISPCC Tanya Ward, Childrenâ?Ts Rights Alliance June Tinsley, Barnardos Dr. Cate Hartigan, Head of Health Promotion, HSE Prof. Joe Barry, Trinity College Dublin Dr. Shari McDaid, Mental Health Reform Rachel Wright, Samaritans Colette Kelleher, Alzheimers Society of Ireland Dr. Donal Oâ?TShea, Consultant Endocrinologist Dr. John Duddy, Irish Medical Organisation Dr. Orla Crosbie, Consultant Hepatologist Dr. PJ Byrne, Irish Dental Association Kieran Doherty, Alcohol Forum Jillian van Turnhout Triona Ni Rainne, Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum Michelle Murphy, Social Justice Ireland Dr. Hugh Gallagher, Addiction Services, HSE Jacqueline Healy, National Womenâ?Ts Council of Ireland Siobhan Kelly, Irish College of Ophthalmologists Etain Kett, Dental Health Foundation Sadie Grace, Family Support Network Prof. Ella Arensman, National Suicide Research Foundation Michelle Murphy, Social Justice Ireland Grainne Flemming, No Name Club John Bennett, Finglas/Cabra Local Drug and Alcohol Taskforce Dr. Eoin MacDonncha, Irish Student Health Association Dr. Michael Byrne, React Alcohol Prof. Donal Oâ?TShea, Consultant Endocrinologist Susan Quirke, A lust for life Aoife Ni Shuilleabhain, Union of Students of Ireland Kieran Ryan, Irish College of General Practitioners Liz Yeates, Marie Keating Foundation Philip McGarry, College of Psychiatrists, Northern Ireland Claire Hayes, Aware Siobhan Kelly, The Irish College of Ophthalmologists Fintan Hourihan, Irish Dental Association Peter Gaffey, Environmental Health Association of Ireland Anthea Carry, Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force Dr. Steven Stewart, Gastroenterologist Dr. Aidan McCormick, Gastroenterologist Dr. Ray Barry, Dean Faculty Paediatrics, RCPI Dr. Elizabeth Keane, Dean Faculty Public Health, RCPI Rolande Anderson, Addiction Counsellor Eibhlin Mulroe, ICORG Dr. John Hillery, College of Psychiatrists Dr. Joy Bell, Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland Hugh Greeves, Ballymun Local Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce Dr. Mark Delargy, The National Rehabilitation Hospital Clíona Saidlear, Rape Crisis Network Ireland Donna Price, Irish Road Victims Association Triona Ni Rainne, Galway Health Cities Carol Moore, Lifewise Eoin Stephens, Dual Diagnosis Ireland Niamh Farrell, AMEN Support Services Fiona Nally, Pavee Point Mary Oâ?TBrien, One Step Clinic Colin Fowler, Menâ?Ts Health Forum in Ireland Steven Joyce, South Western Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force Emma Campion, Registered Nurse Sandra Mullen, Clondalkin drugs and alcohol taskforce Bernie McDonnell, Community Awareness of Drugs Dr. Mark Oâ?TLoughlin, Senior House Officer, Galway University Hospital



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Alcohol Action Ireland. (2016) An urgent opportunity to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland. [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th October 2019].


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