DO YOU KNOW?
Alcohol consumption during teenage years can end up causing lifelong brain damage, as the brain is still developing. Alongside the risk of developing dependence on alcohol in later years, alcohol in adolescence has been linked to a number of developmental issues.
PUBLIC HEALTH ALCOHOL BILL
The Public Health (Alcohol) Act is designed to tackle Ireland’s harmful relationship with alcohol. It aims to reduce the damage that alcohol causes to individuals, families and society by reducing our alcohol consumption, with a particular focus on protecting children and young people from alcohol harm.
The Bill was passed in October 2018, but crucial sections have not yet been commenced:
- Minimum Unit Price, which is a key component of the Bill, requires a further Government decision.
- The introduction of ‘Labelling of alcohol products’
- Content of Advertisements, prescribing by law the criteria for future alcohol advertising.
- Broadcast watershed: TV advertising between 03.00-21.00, and Radio 00.00-10.00, and 15.00-24.00.