Substance Use

The Community and Health Department has worked with the appropriate statutory bodies such as the Health Service Executive (HSE), Drugs and Alcohol Taskforces (DATFs), Alcohol Forum and the Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Teams (DACTs) to update the GAAs Substance Use Policy and ensure Clubs and Counties are kept abreast of best practice in this area.

All clubs are strongly advised to adopt a Substance Use Policy. The Policy aims to discourage the use of drugs and tobacco and the misuse of alcohol through three key approaches:

  • Prevent alcohol and other drug related problems from happening
  • Educate members about relevant issues
  • Respond appropriately should a problem arise

The Healthy Club Officer is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and evaluation of this policy in conjunction with the Club Executive.

It is worthwhile launching your clubs Substance Use policy in collaboration with representatives from your regional DATFs & DACTs, An Gardaí Síochána or the PSNI.

Click HERE to view list for the Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces (DATFs) Websites

Click HERE to view list for the Drugs and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACTs) Websites

Useful Resources

HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline

This confidential service has both a freephone Helpline (1800 459 459) and an email support service Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am and 5.30pm.

The HSE Drugs & Alcohol Helpline provides support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to drug and alcohol use and/or HIV and sexual health.

For further information on Substance Use and/or Reduce the Odds contact:


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