The Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill has passed through Seanad Éireann and will now go to the President for consideration to be signed in to legislation. The Bill addresses an anomaly in current law which allows some people guilty of driving while above the legal alcohol limit to receive penalty points rather than the usual disqualification.
A new report presents findings on the harms experienced as a result of other people’s drinking in the Republic of Ireland. The report is based on findings from the first Irish survey on alcohol harm to others (AH2O). The findings cover three dimensions of harm:
A new pilot programme - a ‘Substance Misuse Court’ - challenges offenders to tackle their drug and alcohol misuse. The new Substance Misuse Court pilot will allow the Judge to refer offenders, who have been convicted of an offence related to their alcohol or drugs misuse, to an intensive treatment-focused behavioural change programme before sentencing.
The Institute of Public Health in Ireland welcomes the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill being discussed at the second stage in Dáil Eireann tonight, Tuesday 27 February 2018. It is hopeful that the Alcohol Bill will progress past this second stage this week without further delay.
The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill includes a range of measures aiming to reduce the levels of consumption of alcohol in Ireland, with current estimates at approximately 11 litres of pure alcohol per person (aged 15+) per year.
Socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol consumption and harm – evidence for effective interventions and policy across EU countries
As part of the Health Equity Pilot Project, the EU Commission has published a review of evidence on effective interventions and policies in addressing socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol consumption and related harm.
This review found that in EU countries, most research on inequalities is alcohol focused on pricing policies.
The UK Government believes that alcohol duties should be related to the alcoholic strength of drinks. Earlier in 2017 the UK Government examined options to amend the structure of the alcohol duty system and did this by consulting on:
The Health Research Board has published a new factsheet on drug and alcohol use in young people. The factsheet brings together data from a number of studies including HBSC, ESPAD, GUI and the North South Drug Prevalence Survey.
Court decision could bring the island one step closer to curbing significant health impacts of low-price alcohol
Minimum Unit Pricing could lead to fewer deaths and reduce hospital admissions across the island
Dr Helen McAvoy spoke on Clare Fm today on the need for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and how it will save lives.
INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH SAYS MINIMUM UNIT PRICING KEY TO TACKLING INEQUALITIES IN ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM
Minimum Unit Pricing could lead to fewer deaths and reduce hospital admissions