Staff from the Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) recently met with Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy with Alcohol Action Ireland, to share best practices on alcohol and other substance abuse issues.
The IPRC shared its successes in educating the public and reducing substance abuse. Numerous endeavors have played a key role, including school-based and community/county programs, SBIRT meetings (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment), environmental strategies, and new legislation.
McKinney discussed how Ireland’s traditional focus on law enforcement to combat alcohol-related issues has now shifted to include new public health and public policy initiatives. Of particular note is the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Act, which is based on WHO guidelines for reducing alcohol-related harms. Measures being taken to reduce alcohol-related abuse include minimum unit pricing, warning labels on alcohol, and restrictions on advertising.