Last week European Union culture ministers agreed to review an EU directive that covers the audiovisual promotion and advertising of alcohol. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government has urged its European counterparts to ban alcohol advertising, telling a seminar in Brussels that children must be protected from an i(...)

The results suggest Irish drinking limits, which define moderate drinking as under 17 standard drinks a week for men, may be pitched too high. Photograph: iStockphoto

Even moderate drinking is bad for your brain, according to a new study that calls into question current Irish guidelines for consuming alcohol. Alco(...)

‘Withdrawal from alcohol can take the form of hangovers, and the return of depression, guilt, shame and anxiety.’ Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

For Christmas 2015, there were no sleigh bells. There were no merry drinks with family. There was no exchanging of presents. Instead, there was the (...)

The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland has moved a step closer following a decision by a Scottish court backing the measure. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The introduction of a minimum price for alcohol in Ireland has moved a step closer following a decision by a Scottish court backing the measure. The (...)

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A leading alcohol charity has criticised bars, pubs and nightclubs for running cheap drinks promotions for Wednesday’s Leaving Cert results night. Al(...)

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(...)

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