The Irish Community Action on Alcohol Network, Alcohol Action Ireland and Alcohol Forum Ireland host an important campaign event and media briefing. All three organisations have campaigned against key provisions of the Sale of Alcohol Bill (2022), have made submissions to the Department of Justice and appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice to raise their concerns about the proposed legislation. Leading global alcohol policy expert, Professor Thomas Babor will launch and speak to a new report ‘The Sale of Alcohol Bill (2022): An analysis of costs and benefits’ which analyses and identifies the potential risks to children and communities in the proposed legislation. Drawing on sound scientific evidence from research on the late night economy conducted across the globe, Professor Babor’s report will focus specifically on the Sale of Alcohol Bill and the inevitable negative health impacts to be expected from an extension to hours of trading, increased numbers and types of venues for alcohol sales, lack of regulation of drink deliveries and the removal of limits on the number of on-licenses. Community representatives and a range of health experts will respond to the report and outline why they are campaigning for changes to the legislation.
Tom Babor is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs and worked with the World Health Organization on the development of Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and the Alcohol, Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST). He is the co-author of Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity (2023) and Drug Policy and the Public Good. (2018). He is currently an emeritus professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in the USA.