Ireland’s Public Health (Alcohol) Bill: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Industry and Public Health Perspectives on the Bill


REACT PhD student Susan Calnan recently published her critical discourse analysis on the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in the Journal Contemporary Drug Problems.

The analysis illustrates how alcohol is problematized in markedly different ways in the debates and
how such debates are often underpinned by multifaceted elements. Despite such differences, it argues that there are still signs of a neoliberal rhetoric emerging within the public health discourses, raising a question over whether the Bill and its supporting discourses signal a paradigmatic shift or are more indicative of a policy embracing hybrid forms of rule.

Read the paper in full: Discourse analysis