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Govt has ââ,¬Ëounderestimated the Irish drinkerââ,¬â"¢ on pricing.

Creator:

Catherine Reilly

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

The Government has ââ,¬Å"underestimated the Irish drinkerââ,¬Â if it considers that alcohol price hikes and a possible ban on alcohol sponsorship of sporting events will substantially address the alcohol problem in Ireland, according to a GP specialising in addiction issues. Speaking to IMT before the minimum pricing announcement, Dr Garrett McGovern said price hikes would generally discourage less-established drinkers such as young people but not ââ,¬Å"well-established drinkersââ,¬Â who would drink no matter the price and could also access a ââ,¬Å"thriving illicit marketââ,¬Â. Budget 2014 imposed a 10 cent increase on the price of a pint of beer, cider or a standard measure of spirits and a 50 cent increase on a bottle of wine. Dr McGovern said there appeared to be a belief from Government that the alcohol problem would be ââ,¬Å"won and lostââ,¬Â on pricing and advertising measures. People who were drinking heavily required help and the country also needed to ââ,¬Å"radically changeââ,¬Â the way in which it delivered messages on alcohol to young people in educational settings.

Date:

30/10/2013

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Catherine Reilly. (2013) Govt has ââ,¬Ëounderestimated the Irish drinkerââ,¬â"¢ on pricing. [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/648040 [Accessed: 25th September 2018].

  

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