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Butler, Shane (2015) Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: policy window or political sop? Contemporary Drug Problems , 42 , (2) , pp. 106-117.

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In the wake of the Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy in 2012, the Irish government announced in October 2013 that it had approved a number of alcohol policy measures to be incorporated into a Public Health (Alcohol) Bill to be drafted and enacted as quickly as possible. Against a historic backdrop of previous alcohol policy proposals in Ireland in recent decades, this article looks critically at this recent development with a view to determining to what extent it represents, in Kingdon’s terms, a ‘‘policy window’’ for the public health approach to alcohol issues. It is argued that while some specific public health measures may be introduced, the various ‘‘streams’’ of the Irish policy process have not joined together in an unambiguous, consensual acceptance of the public perspective on alcohol, and that the ‘‘politics stream’’ has not to date deemed this perspective to be consonant with the ‘‘national mood.’’

Item Type:Article
Page Range:pp. 106-117
Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Public health
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Alcohol (liquor licensing) laws
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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