Support for Public Health (Alcohol) Bill - Letter to Senators

10 Oct 2017


The Dental Health Foundation supports full enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

Dear Senator,

Alcohol consumption is a prominent cause of death, disease and injury globally. A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 found that it is the 8th leading risk factor for mortality and ranks 5th for morbidity, accounting for 2.7 million deaths and 4 % of disability-adjusted life years lost.

Mouth cancer is a disease, which is increasing, and it affects men and women of all ages, especially those who are in ‘at risk’ categories, such as smokers and heavy drinkers. Smoking or drinking alcohol are the most important risk factors for mouth cancer. The risk of these cancers is even higher in people who both smoke and drink alcohol.

The Dental Health Foundation urges you to support the full enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.

Politicians, Advocacy Groups and Health Professionals should work together to empower the public to take responsibility for and to improve their health and wellbeing, raising awareness of the impact of lifestyle behaviours on their oral and general health.

This holistic approach to oral health is in line with goals one and two of Healthy Ireland, i.e., addressing risk factors and promoting protective factors at every stage of life and implementing interventions to target particular health risks.