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RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol Factsheet: Minimum Pricing

Creator:

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Policy Group on Alcohol

Subject Keywords: Alcohol pricing
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Description:

Alcohol consumption in Ireland remains at very high levels in comparison to other European countries and is a factor in a range of health, family and social harms. Recent data shows that alcohol consumption rates have reduced since reaching a peak in 2001, but at an estimated 11.68 litres of alcohol consumed per adult in 2012, we are still consuming well in excess of recommended low risk limits and the Healthy Ireland maximum of 9.2 litres.

Alcohol has become dramatically more affordable in recent years. Between 2002 and 2007 there was a 44% increase in the amount of lager that could be purchased with one week’s disposable income. A woman can reach her low risk weekly drinking limit for just €6.30, while a man can reach this weekly limit for less than €10.

Minimum unit pricing targets problems caused by cheap alcohol and mainly affects problem drinkers and adolescents/young adults. It has little or no impact on the vast majority of drinkers. It would affect the price paid by the consumer in retail outlets where very cheap alcohol is sold, for example in supermarkets. It would not affect the cost price paid by the retailer, and would not change the price of a drink in bars and restaurants.

 

Date:

20/06/2013

Rights: © RCPI
Suggested citation:

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) Policy Group on Alcohol. (2013) RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol Factsheet: Minimum Pricing [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/506144 [Accessed: 21st September 2019].

  

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