The UK government believes that alcohol duties should be related to the alcoholic strength of drinks. The government wishes to examine options to amend the structure of the alcohol duty system and did this by consulting on:
This European Policy Seminar took place today (7 June) and explored how European Member States are working to protect children from alcohol marketing, and what further steps are necessary from an EU perspective. The European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis spoke at the seminar on political challenges being faced in this regard.
Research shows over half of suicides involve alcohol
A forum of experts from across different sectors on the island of Ireland are meeting today to shine a light on the relationship between alcohol, self-harm and suicide. At the forum, Ulster University’s Professor Siobhan O’Neill – who is key note speaker at the event – said that research shows that over half of suicides involve alcohol.
IPH work on defined aspects of alcohol policy across the island of Ireland.
Prevalence of Drug Use and Gambling in Ireland and Drug Use in NI 2014/15: Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force (Ireland) and Health and Social Care Trust (NI) Results
The Drug Prevalence Survey records drug use across three prevalence periods, over the last month, over the last year and throughout the respondents’ lifetime across the island of Ireland. In the Republic of Ireland the bulletin is available at www.nacda.ie The Department of Health (NI) has published the above bulletin on drug prevalence in the north of Ireland. It includes analyses broken down by gender and age for each Health and Social Care Trust (HSCT).
Key findings for Republic of Ireland:
Club Health Dublin 2017, 24-26 May 2017, The Printworks, Dublin Castle, Ireland
Do you have new research, policy initiatives or practical experience that can show others from around the world how to make nightlife healthier? If so, please submit an abstract to share your knowledge at the conference. The abstract closing date is Friday 13 January 2017. For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit: http://theclubhealthconference.com/abstract-submissions/
Public Health England (PHE) has (2 December) published a comprehensive review of the evidence on alcohol harm and its impact in England. It examines alcohol’s health, social and economic impact, and the effectiveness of actions in reducing its harms. The review is also being published in The Lancet.
The Health Research Board has published the latest drug-related deaths figures. The latest figures show that almost two people died each day in Ireland during 2014 as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use. A total of 697 people died in 2014 compared to 431 in 2004 – this represents an increase of 62%.
IPH provide evidence to NI Assembly Communities Committee - Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment Bill)
Dr Helen McAvoy, IPH Director of Policy and Dr Joanna Purdy, Public Health Development Officer presented evidence to the NI Assembly Communities Committee on the Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Bill on 27 October.
IPH evidence highlighted the following: