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Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland

Prof Frank Murray

Supporting the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland is Ireland's first coalition of healthcare organisations, charities and alcohol health campaigners to come together to highlight harms caused by alcohol and to support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

RCPI established the Alliance with Alcohol Action Ireland in March 2015 with the aim of:

  • highlighting the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm in Ireland
  • campaigning for the implementation of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015
  • advocating to reduce the harm caused by unsafe alcohol use in Ireland.

"The alcohol industry has no role in the formulation of alcohol policies, which must be protected from distortion by commercial or vested interests."

World Health Organisation Director General, Dr Margaret Chan

Commenting in the British Medical Journal, 11 April 2013
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Working with Like-Minded Organisations

The Alliance has the support of key organisations, including:

  • Health Service Executive (HSE)
  • Irish Heart Foundation
  • Environmental Health Association of Ireland
  • Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Irish Medical Organisation
  • National Youth Council of Ireland
  • Rise Foundation
  • Drugs.ie
  • Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • No Name Club
  • Samaritans
  • Irish Cancer Society
  • Lust for Life
  • Dental Health Foundation
  • Union of Students of Ireland
  • National Suicide Research Foundation
  • National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Mental Health Reform
  • Irish Medical Organisation
  • Irish College of Psychiatrists OF Ireland
  • Social Justice Ireland
  • Alcohol Forum
  • Children's Rights Alliance
  • Faculty of Paediatrics

Chaired by Our President, Professor Frank Murray

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland is chaired by Prof Frank Murray, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

Prof Frank Murray is also chair of the RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol and a liver specialist at Beaumont Hospital.

 

 

Prof Frank Murray

The Public Health Alcohol Bill is an intrinsic part of addressing the pressures on our health services. Sadly, every day in Ireland 3 people die as a result of alcohol use and 1,500 hospital beds are occupied every night due to the way we drink as a nation.

Prof Frank Murray

Chair, Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland

Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland needs your support

We welcome new members who support the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

Membership of the Alliance is open to members of the public, public health campaigners, medical professionals, NGOs and charities who are committed to:

  • the passage of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the strongest form possible through the Oireachtas
  • tackling the health harms of alcohol
  • working in constructive partnership with other organisations who share this goal
  • highlighting the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm, proposing evidence-based solutions to reduce this harm, and influencing decision makers to take positive action to address the damage caused by alcohol misuse.

Members must also declare they do not receive any direct or indirect funding from the alcohol industry.

Join the Alliance

Join Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland

Show Your Support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015

The Alliance strongly supports the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015, important public health legislation that can save lives and significantly reduce the harm caused by alcohol in Ireland. 

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains a range of evidence-based measures that target the pricing, availability and marketing of alcohol products – factors that are known to have the greatest impact on harmful drinking.

The Bill marks the first time an Irish Government will legislate to tackle alcohol harm and therefore offers a unique opportunity to address one of the most significant public health issues in Ireland today.

Support the Alliance on social media

You can also follow Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland on Twitter @AHA_Irl or use the hashtag #AlcoholHarm.