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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answer 216 - Substance abuse prevention education [alcohol] [6003/14]. (06 Feb 2014)

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216. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the amount of Health Service Executive expenditure for the purposes of preventing and treating alcohol addiction; if he will provide details of the various programmes and initiatives in place across the country for preventing and treating alcohol addiction in the years 2012 and 2013; and the projected allocation for 2014.  [6003/14] 

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The Government recently approved an extensive package of measures to deal with alcohol misuse to be incorporated in a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. These measures are based on the recommendations contained in the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, 2012. The package of measures to be implemented will include provision for:

- minimum unit pricing for alcohol products;
- the regulation of advertising and marketing of alcohol;
- structural separation of alcohol from other products in mixed trading outlets;
- health labelling of alcohol products; and
- regulation of sports sponsorship.

The other measures (eg for the HSE, professional bodies etc) set out in the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy, were endorsed by Government and are to be progressed by the relevant departments and organisations. The HSE has responsibility for implementing a number of recommendations and this is reflected in the HSE Service Plan for 2014.

The provision of services to prevent and treat addiction to alcohol is the responsibility of the Health Service Executive and as such, I have referred this question to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply.

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