A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE) has made recommendations to address alcohol-related harm occurring in airports and aeroplanes. The report is based on engagement with experts in alcohol policy and in aviation and survey sources. It features data on alcohol and air travel, the legal framework and policy recommendations. The report – Fit to Fly – made a number of policy recommendations, including:
- Better licensing regimes in airports, including, in the UK, the application of the Licensing Act so that premises after security are required to follow the same legislation as premises in the rest of the country
- Alcohol consumption at airports to be restricted to bars and restaurants, with alcohol bought at duty-free put in sealed containers and picked up by passengers at the gate or put directly into the hold of the aircraft.
- Empowerment of local police forces at landing airports through the application of the Montreal Protocol.
The report can be found here - http://www.ias.org.uk/uploads/pdf/IAS%20reports/rp34082018.pdf
Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) continues to contribute to the development of alcohol policy across the island of Ireland.
- In 2017 IPH organised a Knowledge Exchange Forum on alcohol, suicide and self-harm hosted by the North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group - following the previous seminar on alcohol licensing in 2015.
- IPH is currently undertaking a review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs Strategy Phase 2 (NSD-2) 2011-2016. The review is being undertaken for the Department of Health in Northern Ireland to inform any future alcohol and drug related policy in Northern Ireland.
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