World Whiskey Day: Why more women should become Master Blenders, according to this Irish expert

Alex Thomas of The Sexton Single Malt Irish Whiskey tells Sam Wylie-Harris how women can get a foot in the door of this male dominated industry.

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Wine with Leslie Williams

Italy has been neglected on this page of late but I promise to make up for this in the next few weeks as I have two trips planned — one to Tuscany and one to the Veneto.

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Here’s why you should be drinking citrus gins

And why oranges and lemons lend themselves so well to the spirit, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Ireland’s first alcohol-free bar to open in Dublin

The Virgin Mary, in Dublin’s Capel Street, will open today with an extensive list of cocktails, wine, beers and spirits, all with zero alcohol.

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Just 'gin' time for summer: First look at Kopparberg's new strawberry and lime gin

Swedish cider brand Kopparberg is launching a new product: a strawberry and lime gin, just in time for summer.

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Carlsberg has strong start with Asian sales boost

Carlsberg joined Heineken in reporting a strong start to the year as Asian revenue surged, helped by the acquisition of Cambrew, a Cambodian brewer.

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Carlsberg lager ‘probably not’ the best in the world, brewer admits

The Danish company has used mean comments about the taste of the old beer to launch a new recipe.

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Tippling point: When parents drink too much at home

When we think of Communion season, we think of happy little girls in frilly white dresses and boys in their Sunday best - we don’t associate this religious celebration with sozzled parents.

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Moderate alcohol use ‘could be important for brain health’

The diet also emphasised eating fruit, pulses, vegetables, low-fat dairy and fish and avoiding common unhealthy food.

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Pernod eyes ‘green’ growth

Drinks group Pernod Ricard, which is being targeted by activist investor Elliott, is banking that its push into socially and environmentally sound business practices will boost its growth in the coming decade.

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Teeling Whiskey wins big at World Whiskies Awards

Teeling Whiskey have won a top award for their 24 Years Old Vintage Reserve at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.

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Here’s what you need to know about ‘alcosynth’

Imagine getting drunk, without any of the insidious side-effects of alcohol.

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Funny and wise: Take inspiration from these famous drinking quotes

Fashions come and go, but most of us still love to have a drink in our hand – and so did these historical figures, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Rise in ‘severe’ alcohol use, say experts

Growing numbers of people have developed a “severe” alcohol problem by the time they seek treatment, an official report shows.

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Health body sees rise in numbers being treated for alcohol dependency

The number of people treated for alcohol dependency in Ireland in 2017, decreased slightly with a total of 7,653 cases.

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Debate: Should you drink in front of your children?

Suzanne Harrington and Pat Fitzgerald debate whether or not you should drink in front of your children.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Focus on Languedoc

This week I want to focus on the wines of the Languedoc which covers a vast area of vineyards growing both varietal wines to suit international tastes but also quirky local wines unique to the region. The terrain here can vary from wild rocky garrigue to Mediterranean to more Atlantic.

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Sobering news about alcohol: Drinking may shorten teens’ lives

Drinking may shorten teens’ lives Irish adolescent girls have one of the highest levels of binge drinking in the world, according to a global study revealed in The Lancet, a respected medical journal.

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Irish teen girls near top of global binge drinking table

Irish adolescent girls have one of the highest levels of binge drinking in the world, according to a new global study.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: The two very distinctive categories of wine

The world of wine falls into two very distinct categories — the big brands making easy drinking accessible wines to please as many as possible, and the smaller producers that make wines in their own way and as best they can but with little or no thought to what the market wants — if they like it, why shouldn’t others?

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Irish rum scoops international award in London

Spike Island Rum, produced by Waterford Company Anchor Spirits Ireland, has been awarded a Gold Medal at the Global Rum & Cachaca Masters run by The Spirits Business in the UK.

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'It destroys families': Sister of mother-of-two, 41, who died from alcohol addiction

The family of a mother-of-two who collapsed and died last week are hoping that they can help others battling alcohol addiction.

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Lord Mayor: 'I won't apologise for reaching out to the people of Dublin, I'm delighted we ran out of beer'

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring has defended the amount of alcohol which has been consumed at the Mansion house during his tenure in office.

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Wine with Leslie Williams

Leslie Williams I have good news and bad news this week — the bad news is that the SuperValu French wine sale is no more, but the good news is that it has been replaced with a Spanish Sale.

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Irish gin is growing in popularity – 4 great distilleries to visit

Here’s where to head for the best botanical hit, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Beer before wine and you'll feel fine? No you won't says new study

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers, says Kai Hensel.

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Hunger Games actor reveals he was an ‘instant addict’ to alcohol aged 14

The actor has spoken about his difficult past as he urged people struggling with addiction to seek help.

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Like a glass of wine (or three) on a flight? Here’s what booze actually does to your body in the air

Alcohol has a different effect on your body in the air than on the ground. Lauren Taylor looks into the short-term impact of boozing while flying.

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Jameson parent sets margin targets

Jameson whiskey-owner Pernod Ricard, which is being targeted by US activist investor Elliott, vowed to improve profit margins and shareholders’ returns in a new three-year plan.

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People should not rely on off-the-shelf breathalysers to check their alcohol levels, says DrinkAware

People are being urged against relying on off-the-shelf breathalysers to detect alcohol.

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New campaign bids to tell the stories of those who grew up in Ireland with parental alcohol misuse

Some 400,000 people in Ireland today are adult children from alcohol-impacted families, according to a lobby group, while HSE figures show roughly 200,000 young children are likely experiencing the harm associated with living with parental alcohol misuse.

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Initiative to study affect of parental alcohol misuse on children

A new initiative is being launched today aimed at highlighting the impact parental alcohol misuse has on children.

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Silent Voices alcohol abuse campaign ‘not about judging parents’

The organisation behind a new campaign aimed at tackling the trauma endured by the children of those who abuse alcohol say the initiative is not about judging parents, but ending an ongoing cycle of harmful drinking.

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Whiskey tourism could be hit by cancer label bottle law, sector warns

The Irish Whiskey Association has toasted a bumper year for distillery visitor numbers but has warned of challenges ahead in 2019.

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Government to press ahead with minimum alcohol pricing plans

The government is set to press ahead with minimum unit pricing for alcohol, despite previously indicating that the measure would be introduced at the same time as Northern Ireland.

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Half of GPs say they're ineffective in treating problem drinkers

Almost half of Irish GPs believe they are ineffective in helping problem drinkers.

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Want to drink less rather than give up? These drinks have a lower abv

Check out these ‘low’ tipples to refresh the taste buds in between those dry days, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Going global: Irish producers show true spirit to take a shot

From Kinsale and Clonakilty in West Cork to Donegal via Dublin City, gin producers are cropping up across the country eyeing an ever-increasingly popular market, writes Olivia Kelleher.

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Why the all-island drinks industry dreads a no-deal Brexit

Ireland’s drinks industry continues to prosper. It is one of the country’s most dynamic sectors, driven by innovation and growing demand in export markets.

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Dry January ‘decoy’ effect ‘not a fix-all solution for problem drinkers’

People should be aware of their consumption all year round, says doctor

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Exports of Irish cream liqueur continue to rise

Exports of Irish cream liqueur rose this year while Irish sales also increased.

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Why do hangovers get worse in your 30s?

December is work hangover central – an expert explains why it’s harder to cope as you age.

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6 pubs that are doing things differently, and where to find them

With the conventional street corner boozer under near-constant threat, these establishments are redefining what the word ‘pub’ can mean.

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Almost half of Irish drinkers consuming alcohol at high-risk level

48% of Irish drinkers are consuming alcohol at a level that is putting their health at increasing or high risk, new research shows.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Rhône Wine Week

I was supposed to be writing a different column this week but then Rhône Wine Week happened.

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Alcohol Awareness Week: How to talk to your children about alcohol

One in six parents let their children drink alcohol by the age of 14 – Drinkaware says talking to them about the risks is crucial. Here’s how…

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Alcohol advertising ban to start November 2019

Alcohol advertising bans near schools or play areas, coupled with new separation rules for drink sold in shops, come into effect next week after approval by Health Minister Simon Harris.

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Wine with Leslie Williams: Focus on Chile

This week, a focus on Chile which is rather overdue given that Chile now holds 27% of the Irish wine market (and growing).

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Feel out of your depth when handed the wine list? 6 crucial questions to ask your sommelier

Follow these wine ordering tips to help you get the most from your wine experience.

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International Stout Day: 7 things you need to know about this dark beer

There’s more to that black body, white head and full, creamy taste than meets the eye, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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4 whisky cocktails you need to know – and the history behind the drinks

There’s plenty to say about these famous creations when they’re in the hands of an award winning mixologist, says Sam Wylie-Harris.

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Alcohol-free gin made by Irish teenager

Hana Hughes, 16, from Dromore in Co Down was inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh awards project.

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How to survive the rest of Sober October if you’ve made it this far

Halfway through a month of no booze and feeling the pressure? Fear not, help is at hand…

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Alcohol bill will 'change attitudes', say doctors

The Royal College of Physicians says the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill will help ease the frontline pressures on the health service.

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Alcohol Bill passes through all stages of Oireachtas

The Bill will now go to President Michael D Higgins for signing and enactment.

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Warnings on labels as Dáil passes alcohol bill

Applause as ‘groundbreaking’ bill finally passes, three years on.

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'Groundbreaking' alcohol legislation passes the Dáil

The Public Health Alcohol Bill has passed all stages in the Dáil this evening.

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Weekly alcohol consumption by teens falling in Ireland: report

A new report which the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) have said shows the prevalence of weekly alcohol consumption by adolescents in Ireland fell by 8.6 per cent between 2002 and 2014, from 12.7 per cent to 4.1 per cent has been warmly welcomed.

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Leslie Williams: Why Northern Italy is king for wine lovers

I was asked recently which wine region I would opt to live in given an endless budget and unlimited resources. After much deliberation I picked Piedmont in Northern Italy, home to the Slow Food movement, white truffles, hazelnuts, and wines made from Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto, writes Leslie Williams

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