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Medical group backs new health bill

The new Public Health (Alcohol) Bill can reduce health harms in Ireland, according to a high-profile medical professional. Professor Frank Murray, president of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, said the findings of the survey carried out ahead of the Bill are not surprising. He revealed three people die in Ireland every day as a result of alcohol misuse. “We are concerned that the findings show a lack of awareness of the damage that alcohol causes to health. It is linked to seven cancers including of the liver and colon and breast cancer in women. Alcohol is a factor in one in 10 deaths before aged 50,” Professor Murray said. He emphasised how every family is affected by alcohol. “Our harmful relationship with alcohol damages men, women and children. The Public Health (Alcohol) Bill contains many evidence based initiatives, primarily setting a minimum unit price (MUP) for alcohol that targets those who drink large volumes of high strength cheap …

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Leaving Cert cheap drink warning

Young people celebrating their Leaving Cert results should not be targeted by cheap alcohol promotions. That’s the message sounded by Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol-related issues, in calling on pubs and nightclubs not to use cheap alcohol promotions to target young people planning on celebrating their Leaving Cert results this week. “It’s natural that students want to go out, have a good time and celebrate with their friends. This is an important milestone for them and they should enjoy the celebrations,” said Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland. “The reality is that for a significant number of young people, their plans to celebrate this week will include drinking and, as a result, they are already being targeted by venues with offers of cheap alcohol, including price promotions based on the number of drinks bought. Promotions and ‘drinks deals’ like this are aimed squarely at young people and encourage the type of harmful binge drinking that is such …

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