IPH work on defined aspects of alcohol policy across the island of Ireland.
- Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, the current policy position on tackling alcohol misuse and related harms is set out within the New Strategic Direction on Alcohol and Drugs Phase 2 2011-2016. The most recent progress report was published in July 2016. In August 2016, the UK Chief Medical Officers published new low risk drinking guidelines for adults.
- Republic of Ireland
The Department of Health Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy and the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 provide a single, integrated policy response to drug use including alcohol. The Department of Health is expected to publish a New National Drugs Strategy later in 2017. The introduction of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been a significant development in seeking to reduce alcohol consumption and alcohol related-harm.
- North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group (NSAPAG)
The Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy makes a specific recommendation to strengthen collaboration and coordination on alcohol on a North-South basis. In the context of this policy mandate, Chief Medical Officers in both jurisdictions requested that IPH facilitate enhanced North-South collaborative working on alcohol. The NSAPAG was established in 2013.
- ‘Reducing alcohol-related harm by addressing alcohol availability - maximising benefits for North South cooperation’
- Proceedings from the NSAPAG Knowledge Exchange Forum.
- Facilitate effective operation and development of a North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group to deliver cooperation on addressing alcohol-related harm on the island including organising bi-annual meetings.
- Facilitate enhanced all-island networking and cooperation on alcohol issues through a wider stakeholder group through the IPH hosted NSAPAG webgroup and quarterly bulletin.
- Develop, publish and disseminate proceedings from a knowledge exchange forum on alcohol, suicide and self-harm.
- Contribute to the development of the next NI alcohol policy, following on from NSDAD-2
Contact Person: Helen McAvoy