Some children are, through the circumstances into which they are born, at risk of harm.

Recent weeks have seen disturbing revelations about the abuse of vulnerable children, both in their own homes and in foster care. A case in the Galw(...)

Why should the alcohol industry be allowed to promote alcohol as though it is a risk-free gateway to good cheer, good fellowship, sporting achievement and general life fulfilment and nothing else?

Three people will die in Irish hospitals today from alcoholism. On the way to the funeral parlour there’s a good chance they will pass large billboard(...)

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland said the Bill could “lay the foundations for a new relationship with alcohol in Ireland”, and specified that minimum unit pricing will increase the cost of affected products in off-licences and supermarkets by about €1.20 per month for “low-risk” drinkers. File photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Government’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has been met with broad acclaim by campaign groups, but drinks industry representatives say it will serv(...)

Studies clearly show that exposure to alcohol marketing by young people is associated with drinking initiation and with increased consumption amongst those who already drink. Photograph: Jim Varney/Science Photo Library

The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill is a welcome development and is the first attempt to place restrictions on children’s exposure to alcohol marketing o(...)

On foot of the research, Alcohol Action Ireland is calling for legislation to regulate the sector.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The majority of Irish children are regularly exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing by drinks companies, a new study has found. Alcohol Actio(...)

Liz Delaney’s pub: home of the controversial “Welfare Wednesday” drinks promotion for the unemployed

Remember Liz Delaney’s pub in the Northside Shopping Centre, the home of the controversial “Welfare Wednesday” drinks promotion for the unemployed? Un(...)

Parents with children who are expecting their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday should talk to their offspring about the risks associated with alcohol(...)

One-third of women said they were surprised at how many units they had consumed when they added them up for the survey. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/PA Wire

Almost half of all women who completed an online survey for The Irish Times admitted to binge drinking in the past seven days. About 45 per cen(...)

Suzanne Costello chief executive of Alcohol Action Ireland: ‘Like most systems of self-regulation in Ireland, the alcohol industry’s codes have proven to be wholly ineffective and has done nothing to protect the young and vulnerable members of our society from alcohol harm.’ Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

An opportunity to make a major difference to the health of future generations will be spurned by failure to tackle alcohol marketing, the Joint Commit(...)

Minimum unit pricing targets two vulnerable groups – alcohol-dependent people and young drinkers who purchase alcohol at “pocket money prices”. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA

The Government’s announcement this week of new measures to reduce alcohol consumption is a watershed.The health and social impacts of our patterns of(...)