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# Alcohol

Last week
19th November 2023 - 25th November 2023
Alcohol consumption levels have decreased in the last five years, survey finds
“Concerning” binge drinking trends among young adults and parents were also found.
Last month
November 2023
'I’d drink almost until I’d pass out': Wayne Rooney recalls alcohol struggles
The Birmingham boss, now 38, reflected on his early career on the podcast of ex-rugby league star Rob Burrow.
This year
Alcohol Action express disappointment as no new measures for booze announced in Budget 2024
Alcohol Action Ireland and the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland have both express disappointment – for different reasons.
There has been an average of 152 pub closures a year in Ireland since 2019
Analysis from the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland shows a decline of 1,937 (22.5%) of pubs in Ireland since 2005.
Diageo reports 5% profit rise following price increases and growth in premium sales
The company said there were double-digit net sales growth in scotch, tequila, and Guinness.
Diageo to increase the price of a pint by 4 cent in second price rise this year
The company said the increase, which will take effect from August, is due to rising input costs.
Donnelly defends signing into law world’s first legislation on health labelling of alcohol
Labels will state the calorie content and grams of alcohol in the product.
Poll: Would calorie counts on alcohol packaging affect what you drink?
New legislation on health labelling for alcohol products has been signed into law.
Alcohol Action Ireland calls for clampdown on '0%' drink ads as WHO labels it 'grey area'
Alcohol Action Ireland believe that the adverts breach the Public Health Alcohol Act which bans certain types of alcohol advertising.
Public health charities call for reform of Sale of Alcohol Bill
The legislation has put forward a major modernisation of Ireland’s licencing laws.
Minimum unit pricing led to 13% fall in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland
Scotland still allows alcohol to be sold for cheaper than Ireland’s minimum unit price policy.
Longer drinking hours could harm public health, committee warned
An Oireachtas committee heard from public health organisations that deal with alcohol-related harm.
Seven out of 10 rugby fans would not support Aviva alcohol ban, according to research
The research was carried out during two of Ireland’s November internationals.
Last year
Almost half of people think allowing nightclubs to stay open until 6am is a bad idea
A report by
Hayley Halpin
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am.
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am. If the legislation is passed by the Oireachtas, the changes are likely to be enacted next year.
More than half of people think later opening hours for pubs is a good idea.
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Licensing changes to allow nightclubs open until 6am and pubs open until 12.30am by summer 2023
Government not planning to reduce excise duty on alcohol following Heineken price rise
The company announced yesterday that it is increasing its keg prices by 9%.
Donnelly says he raised health concerns about relaxing alcohol licensing laws
It was earlier reported that health concerns about expanding the hours when alcohol can be sold were not shared at Cabinet.
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Proposed new laws would allow pubs open from 10.30am to 12.30am, seven days a week, while nightclubs could open until 6am.
Drinking outside pubs and restaurants here to stay as minister plans to make it permanent
The law that permits outdoor drinking and dining has been extended for a further six months.
Cost of cigarettes to increase but price of a pint remains the same
There will also be pro-rata increases on other tobacco products.
Tobacco, beer and wine with estimated value of over €300,000 seized at Rosslare Europort
Close to 26,000 litres of beer, over 11,800 litres of wine, and around 77.5 kilograms of ‘roll your own’ tobacco were seized.
Poll: How often do you binge drink?
A new study suggests many people do not realise they are drinking high levels of alcohol.
Many Irish people are in denial about their drinking habits, new research finds
Two in three regular binge drinkers failed to recognise their consumption of alcohol was at an excessive level.
Three quarters of long Covid patients consuming problematic levels of alcohol
Two new studies have found that complications arising from long Covid are primarily brain related – not heart and lung conditions, as previously thought.
FactCheck: Will Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol lead to an increase in drug use?
Is there evidence that alcohol users turn to drugs as a result of the policy?
Minimum alcohol pricing rules kick in today - here's what that means
€7.10 is now the minimum price for a bottle of wine that has an alcohol content of 12%.
Poll: Are you taking part in Dry January?
Are you planning to give up drinking for the month, or is now not the time?
All time
Revenue has seized cannabis, alcohol and cigarettes worth more than €183,000
The cannabis was disguised in packaging as coffee, clothing and custom decals.
Heineken moves to take sole control of Irish drinks company behind Dutch Gold
Comans Beverages Ltd also distributes brands like Prazky, Druids cider and Karpackie.
People in Ireland have the most regret over being drunk globally, new study shows
The Global Drug Survey 2021 shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
898 people in Ireland participated in the Global Drug Survey 2021.
The survey shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
On average, respondents from Ireland felt the most regret over getting drunk this year globally, regretting it 28.4% of the time.
Tallaght services seeing crisis in community over crack cocaine, TDs told
The Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Health today.
Trucker shortage could lead to drink supply issues in the UK this Christmas
49 leading companies wrote to the British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps about the issue.
Alcohol price survey finds weekly intake limit can be reached in Ireland for less than €8
Alcohol Action Ireland said alcohol producers and retailers are shifting their marketing strategies.
More people are using cocaine and ecstasy, but slightly fewer are using cannabis
Men are more than twice as likely as women to use drugs, according to a new survey.
WHO faces criticism over suggesting women of childbearing age should be advised against drinking
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has called on the WHO to review the report “as a matter of urgency”.
Berlin D2 bar loses licence after 'boozy brunch' deemed 'neglectful and irresponsible' by judge
A video clip was of the event on 14 August last prompted outrage.
Ministers to put 'pressure' on NI Executive to follow suit with minimum unit pricing for alcohol
The measures will take effect in the Republic at the start of 2022, but it will be at least 2023 in the North.
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol approved by Cabinet - but it won't kick in until January 2022
Concerns were raised about the difference in the price of alcohol in the North.
Poll: Would you travel to the North to buy cheaper drink?
If minimum pricing of 10c per gram of alcohol is introduced, would you travel North to buy drink?
Poll: Have you drunk more, or less, during the pandemic?
Research found that every person over the age of 15 in Ireland drinks, on average, more than 10 litres of alcohol per year.
People in Ireland drink, on average, the equivalent of 40 bottles of vodka a year
Every person in Ireland aged 15 and over drinks, on average, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year, according to new figures.