Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcomes Government decision to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol as an important public health initiative

 

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland welcomes Government decision to introduce Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol as an important public health initiative

RCPI President, Prof Mary Horgan, said this is a major step forward in protecting public health of men, women and children in Ireland. “We know from the experience in Scotland that the introduction of MUP helps to quickly reduce the harm caused by the widespread availability of cheap alcohol resulting in fewer hospital admissions and death. Alarming statistics that show that 3 people currently die in Ireland every day as a result of a harmful relationship with alcohol and we also know of the untold grief, pain and harm caused in so many families throughout our society. Sadly, so many children also suffer neglect, abuse and harm and it is a good day when evidence-based public health legislative measures contribute to a healthier society” Prof Horgan said.

“I want to pay tribute to our former President, Prof Frank Murray, and the other specialists in liver disease, public health and paediatrics, occupational health medicine obstetrics and gynaecology and others who came together as members of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol to review the evidence and bring their frontline experience to bear in influencing the enactment of this important legislation that can help to save lives. Our College has a long and proud role in advocating for the health of the nation since its foundation and will continue to make representations to address health inequalities and promote health for many years to come.

“I also want to pay tribute to the Alcohol Health Alliance that included so many representatives including parents who lost children and so many others who came together to make a difference and help to change things for the better for all of our  futures” Prof Horgan said.

RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol 

An RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol was established in 2012. At that time, members of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol were doctors working in the Irish health system, many of whom were seeing increasing numbers of patients presenting with advanced alcoholic liver disease, cancer, head injuries and other alcohol-related illnesses and injuries. The members of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol were: 

  • Prof Frank Murray - Chair Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI)
  • Prof Joe Barry Faculty of Public Health Medicine, RCPI
  • Dr Turlough Bolger Faculty of Paediatrics, RCPI
  • Dr Thomas Breslin Irish Association for Emergency Medicine
  • Dr Blanaid Hayes Faculty of Occupational Medicine, RCPI
  • Dr Marie Laffoy National Cancer Control Programme
  • Prof Aiden McCormick Irish Society of Gastroenterology
  • Prof Deirdre Murphy Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists
  • Dr Brian Norton The Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Dr Kieran O’Shea Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr Eimear Smith Irish Association for Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Dr Bobby Smyth The College of Psychiatry of Ireland
  • Dr Stephen Stewart Centre for Liver Disease Mater Misericordiae Hospital
  • Prof William Tormey Faculty of Pathology, RCPI
  • Dr Maeve Skelly Consultant Gastroenterologist
  • Dr Orla Crosbie  Consultant Hepatologist Cork University Hospital
  • Dr Declan Bedford Specialist in Public Health Medicine
  • Prof Garry Courtney Clinical Director St Lukes Hospital.

Find out more about RCPI's work on Alcohol here.  

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