Join Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland to support the Public Health Alcohol Bill

Independent alliance will bring public health perspective to alcohol debate

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland is calling on members of the public and advocates not associated with the alcohol industry to join us in supporting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

The Alcohol Health Alliance is a new initiative established by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Alcohol Action Ireland to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and brings together a wide range of public health campaigners including medical professionals, NGOs and charities whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse.

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland is chaired by Professor Frank Murray, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and a liver specialist.

“The time for talking and consultations are over. We have an important piece of legislation that is a significant first step to deal with the catastrophic consequences of Ireland’s unhealthy relationship with alcohol that should be supported” Prof Murray said.

“We believe the evidence-based measures contained in the Bill will turn down the tap of cheap alcohol for problem drinkers and young drinkers. In particular, we welcome the introduction of minimum unit pricing of alcohol, enforcement measures around the sale of alcohol to young people and the regulation of alcohol advertising. We commend the Government in taking on the vested interests of the alcohol industry and putting the best interests of the citizens first. We are calling on others to join us and register their support for this legislation” he said.

Suzanne Costello, CEO of Alcohol Action Ireland: “The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill marks the first time an Irish Government will legislate to tackle alcohol harm and therefore offers us a unique opportunity to finally begin to address one of the most significant public health issues in Ireland today.

“It is particularly important that those with expertise in this area are heard on this issue given the ongoing efforts of the alcohol industry to lobby against the public health measures, which are so urgently needed to reduce the huge toll that its products take on our society, such as those limiting children and young people’s exposure to alcohol marketing, including advertising and sponsorship” she said.

To join Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland contact AHAIreland@rcpi.ie

To contact your local representative to support the Bill - http://www.rcpi.ie/alcohol

For media queries, please contact Yvonne McCahill, Communications, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

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