IPH response to the Government Alcohol Advisory Group
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The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) welcomes the call for submissions by the Government Alcohol Advisory Group and commends the Justice Minister, Brian Lenihan TD., for establishing this group. 

IPH aims to improve health on the island of Ireland, by working to combat health inequalities and influence public policies in favour of health. IPH promotes cooperation between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in research, training, information and policy. 

A report from IPH, Inequalities in Mortality 1989-1998 – A report on all-Ireland mortality data found that those in the lowest occupational class are 280% more likely to die from alcohol abuse than those in the highest occupational class. 

The poorer you are the more likely your life will be negatively impacted by alcohol. In addition, alcohol is a contributory factor to deaths from accidents, which also show a pronounced socio-economic gradient.

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