Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 76–90 | Cite as

Support for evidence-based alcohol policy in Ireland: results from the Community Action on Alcohol Pilot Project

  • Martin P. DavorenEmail author
  • David Lane
  • Joe Kirby
  • Kate Gibney
  • Gordon Kinsley
  • Ann Hope
  • Michael Byrne
  • Ivan J. Perry
Original Article


In Ireland, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill proposes introducing minimum unit pricing, health labelling, and advertising restrictions to tackle excessive consumption. The aim of this research was to examine the level of support for evidence-based alcohol control policy among the Irish population. We conducted a household survey using quota sampling in three pilot sites in Southern Ireland. Consumption, attitude, and behaviour questions were taken from previously validated instruments. In total, 1075 individuals completed the questionnaire. Hazardous alcohol consumption was reported by 51.1% of the population, 31.5% of women, and 69.8% of men. The majority of individuals (> 50%) supported alcohol policy measures. These individuals are more likely to be low-risk drinkers, older individuals, and report alcohol-related issues in their local area. In the context of Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, this research signals support for evidence-based strategies including minimum unit pricing and a reduction and separation of alcohol sales outlets.


Alcohol Policy support Ireland Public health 



This work is supported by the Health Service Executive, grant CLDATF (HSE)NCAAPP Evaluation’.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin P. Davoren
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • David Lane
    • 3
  • Joe Kirby
    • 4
  • Kate Gibney
    • 5
  • Gordon Kinsley
    • 5
  • Ann Hope
    • 6
  • Michael Byrne
    • 7
  • Ivan J. Perry
    • 2
  1. 1.The Sexual Health CentreCorkIreland
  2. 2.School of Public Health, Western Gateway BuildingUniversity College CorkCorkIreland
  3. 3.Addiction Services, Health Service ExecutiveBlackpoolIreland
  4. 4.Cork Local Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, Health Service ExecutiveBlackpoolIreland
  5. 5.Southern Regional Drug and Alcohol Taskforce, Health Service ExecutiveBlackpoolIreland
  6. 6.Public Health & Primary Care, School of MedicineTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  7. 7.Student Health Department, ArdpatrickUniversity College CorkCorkIreland

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