About Alcohol Forum

Alcohol Forum Ireland is a charity that provides support, information and services to individuals, families and communities impacted by alcohol harm, while working at the wider levels to change Ireland’s problematic relationship with alcohol.

Who we are...

Based in the North West of Ireland and influencing across the island of Ireland Alcohol Forum Ireland is a not for profit organisation that operates in conjunction with the Health, Justice, Education, Community and Business sectors.

We are the only Alcohol Charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through “the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol”. We are instigators of action on alcohol for community, voluntary and statutory agencies working to tackle alcohol harms nationally.

Our Vision

An Ireland where every child, family and community is free from the harmful effects of alcohol.

Our Mission

To create and inspire change by working with individuals, families and communities to prevent and reduce the harm caused by alcohol.

Our Five Core Values


Change is possible by listening to and working with families, communities and other organisations to achieve our aims.

Excellence & Evidence:

Our work is shaped by evidence, experience and the needs of those we work with. We strive for excellence across all areas of work and are committed to sharing our expertise, leading by example and empowering others to make positive change.

Respect & Empathy:

We respect and value the experiences, ideas and strengths that each person brings and place the needs of children, families and communities that we work with at the centre of what we do.

Independence & Sustainability

Our work is shaped by evidence, experience and the needs of those we Valuing sustainability and independence drive our work and we are committed to having the strength and commitment to do the right thing free from undue influence or pressure.


We are committed to good governance and integrity and demonstrate this with the people we work with, our volunteers, our partners and those who support us.

Principles of Our Work

  • We believe that by promoting evidenced based measures that are proven to work in reducing alcohol consumption and harms we enhance and strengthen our communities’ ability to respond to alcohol issues.
  • We believe that raising awareness and responding to alcohol harms is everybody’s business.
  • We are committed to reducing alcohol consumption levels and related harms through local and national community action on alcohol.
  • We work to support public health policy on alcohol both locally and nationally.
  • We work with likeminded partners on an all island basis to reduce alcohol related harms.
  • We do not accept funding from the Alcohol Industry.

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The North West Alcohol Forum (NWAF) was established in 2003 by the then CEO of the North Western Health Board Mr Pat Harvey following the publication of the first national Strategic Task Force on Alcohol report 2002.

The NWAF recognised the importance of multi sectoral action and the pivotal role of local communities in developing mutually accepted comprehensive policies and programmes for the prevention and management of alcohol related harms.

The NWAF has been involved in major landmark developments, including the report “A Portrait of our Drinking” (2004), the approval as a site for action on alcohol by the Minister of Health and Children in 2005 and the publication of the NWAF Alcohol Action Plan (2005-2010). The NWAF participated in the National Alcohol and Injuries Study in Accident and Emergency Departments (2005), produced “Straight Talk” a guide for parents on teenage drinking (2006) and established the “Teenage Kicks” alcohol awareness project in partnership with Donegal County Council.

In June 2006, the North West Alcohol Forum (NWAF) adopted its North West Alcohol Action Plan 2005-2010. It agreed that the establishment of a dedicated organisation charged with delivery of the Action Plan was the preferred method for driving and overseeing the implementation. It was mandated that the membership of the new company would be drawn from (but not exclusive to) the NWAF. The NWAF Ltd became a not for profit company in 2007 and has developed a community mobilisation approach with a mission of “Protecting all generations from alcohol related harms”. The NWAF Ltd aimed to ensure effective implementation of evidenced based action to prevent the health risks and socioeconomic problems often associated with harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption on the island of Ireland.

The NWAF Ltd and the Alcohol forum to this day recognises the importance of multi sectoral action and the pivotal role of local communities in developing mutually accepted comprehensive policies and programmes for the prevention and management of alcohol related harms.

Our Team

Alcohol Forum Ireland Staff and contact details. 

Organisational Structure

The structure of Alcohol Forum Ireland 

Corporate Governance

Alcohol Forum Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors that directs and supervises the charity

Donor Charter

Our Committment to Our Donors

Fundraising Compliance

 ‘Guiding Principles of Fundraising” Compliance

Public Compliance Statement

Setting out our commitments


Feedback & Complaints

Fundraising Feedback and Complaints Procedure

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