Press Release

Minister Gallagher urges communities to become active and begin to tackle alcohol misuse at a local level

Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher T.D., Minister for Health Promotion and Food Safety, today (4 December 2007) speaking at the opening of the Conference “Community Action on Alcohol”, held in Croke Park, urged communities to become active and begin to tackle alcohol misuse at a local level. Community mobilisation is a comprehensive response to addressing some of the alcohol-related problems in society. It can involve a wide range of individuals, agencies and organisations that come together to work towards a common goal.

“Acceptance that no one agency can bring about change on their own and that no one action is sufficient, is the starting point. Therefore, community action needs to be multi agency and involve multiple actions, combined and delivered through an integrated approach with real participation with all relevant stakeholders.” The Minister said. He went on to say “despite the tendency to ‘blame’ underage drinkers, the vast majority of alcohol harm occurs among the adult population. There is a need to examine our society’s social acceptance of alcohol and the signal that this is sending, particularly to our young people

Full text of speech