A man  drinks beer through a traffic cone in a ‘Neknomination’ stunt. Photograph: YouTube

A social media-driven craze in which people are encouraged to film themselves downing alcoholic drinks quickly has been condemned by Alcohol Action I(...)

Copper Face Jacks nightclub, Harcourt Street, Dublin, showing Camden Place where the crowd surge took place.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The condition of a young woman injured during a crowd surge outside Dublin nightclub Copper Face Jacks has improved, changing from critical to stable.(...)

Mock-ito, with lemon and ginger ale. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine. The party season is upon us. Behind the scenes the health service is under pressure to cope with a surge in liver (...)

Prof Ella Arensman of  the National Suicide Research Foundation said that consistently over the past five years, there had been peaks in the number of people at emergency departments having self-harmed after consuming alcohol over public holidays. Photograph: David Sleator

The peak times for people turning up in hospital emergency departments suffering from self- harm after drinking large volumes of alcohol tend to be(...)

Alcohol is a poor resource in helping us to cope with stress or unhappiness. Indeed, far from drowning our sorrows, it may ‘teach them how to swim’. Photograph: PA

There has been much debate and discussion in Ireland recently about intoxicating substances and our relationship with them. In the past few days atten(...)

Beer in an off-licence

Alcohol Action Ireland has welcomed Government’s plans to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol to correct what it describes as a lengthy period of se(...)

The official flag of the Heineken Cup rugby union match Clermont Auvergne vs. Saracens is pictured on the pitch of the Marcel Michelin stadium on October 9, 2010 in Clermont-Ferrand. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY ZOCCOLAN (Photo credit should read 
Rugby’s Heineken Cup is called the H Cup in France due to restrictions on alcohol sponsorship. Photograph: 
thierry zoccolan/afp/

Government Ministers remain deadlocked over banning alcohol sponsorship in sport, with those pushing for the move being told they will have to come up(...)

It is understood that several Ministers, including Minister for Transport and Sport Leo Varadkar, set out detailed arguments against the draft memorandum on banning alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events. Photograph: Alan Betson

A Department of Health proposal to ban alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sports events has been questioned by other departments in their formal respon(...)

Dr Bobby Smyth, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist with Alcohol Action Ireland: it was with “typical arrogance” that the alcohol industry, “and those in receipt of its money”, had demanded evidence be provided that proved sponsorship promotes consumption. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Sporting bodies are “very much in the alcohol industry’s pocket”, an Oireachtas committee was told yesterday. Prof Joe B(...)

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