\"An

An Irish health minister hopes to introduce minimum prices on alcohol Photo by: Google Images

Proposal for new minimum alcohol prices in Ireland- VIDEO

\"An

An Irish health minister hopes to introduce minimum prices on alcohol Photo by: Google Images

An Irish health minister hopes to introduce minimum prices on alcohol, in a bid to tackle alcohol misuse in Ireland.

Róisín Shortall, Junior Minister in the Department of Health, wants to end the sale of cheap alcohol.

"We’re hoping that we would be able to move towards a situation where there would be a minimum price set per ounce of alcohol and that would be in addition to the taxes that would have to be paid," she said.

"Recently, one of the supermarkets was selling two bottles of wine for a fiver. Now that’s less than the actual excise duties on bottles of wine and I’d like to move towards a certain situation where that would not be allowed under the law."

The Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI), said any new pricing laws will increase the potential for court challenges.

Read More:
Pregaming, beer pong and the legal drinking age limit - Young-adult party cultures of Ireland and America

Irish barmen acquitted over alcohol poisoning death

Irish D.J. blames alcohol abuse for his lewd behavior

A spokesman told the Irish Examiner, "While we do not wish to pre-empt any of the recommendations contained in the final report, we do note the legal difficulties associated with the introduction of minimum pricing to which the minister refers."

Meanwhile, at a European forum, an Irish alcohol awareness campaign has been praised as a model for best practice.

The Dare2BDrinkAware multimedia campaign was praised at the European Alcohol and Health Forum in Brussels on Wednesday, the Journal reports.

The campaign sought entries which focus on responsible drinking, and are targeted at Irish college students.

Here is last year’s winning entry by Ciara Kennedy, which offers an interesting perspective on some Irish ladies preparations for a night out on the town.

 

Babes In Bits from Ciara Kennedy on Vimeo.

COMMENTS

Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:


Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.


Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: