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What is the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill?


Alcohol Action Ireland

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is legislation designed to tackle Irelandâ?Ts harmful relationship with alcohol. It aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals, families and society by reducing our alcohol consumption, with a particular focus on protecting children and young people from alcohol harm. This legislation is part of a range of measures planned under the Healthy Ireland framework, which will work together to improve our health and wellbeing, both as individuals and as a nation. Its goal is to reduce our per capita alcohol consumption in Ireland from 11 litres of pure alcohol for every per person aged 15 and over to 9.1 litres by 2020. Reducing alcohol consumption across the population will reduce alcohol harm. Ireland has the fourth highest level of alcohol consumption in the OECD region. The goal of 9.1 litres is the OECD average and would bring us more in line with our OECD counterparts, although our alcohol consumption would still be well above the global average (6.2 litres), with Europe by far the heaviest drinking region in the world. We are currently moving in the wrong direction, as alcohol consumption increased in Ireland in 2014 and preliminary figures show that it is likely to have increased once again in 2015, leading to greater alcohol harm and moving us further away from the Public Health (Alcohol) Billâ?Ts goal of 9.1 litres. This legislation treats our ongoing problem with alcohol misuse as the serious public health problem it is for the first time and will ensure that alcohol is no longer treated as just another ordinary commodity or grocery, but is regulated effectively to reduce alcohol harm in Ireland and improve public health, safety and wellbeing. Learn more about the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and express your support for it to your public representatives by following this link.



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Suggested citation:

Alcohol Action Ireland. (2016) What is the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill? [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 20th September 2019].


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