Under the new law, liquor sold in shops, restaurants and pubs will have to sell for less than 10 cents a gram. The main objective is to reduce the availability of cheap drugs to young people and alcoholics. At the same time, the move is currently drawing strong criticism. Liquor currently costs $ 1.13 a bottle. A wine-like beverage containing 12.5 percent alcohol can not sell for less than $ 7.40. Approximately, it will sell for $ 8.35. According to statistics, Ireland has one of the highest alcohol consumption rates in the world. According to the Ireland Health Service, on average, people aged 15 and over will drink 40 bottles of vodka, 113 bottles of wine or 436 pints of beer in 2019.
At the same time, there is growing criticism of the government’s actions. It has been assessed that this is a serious crisis for the poor people. When people were buying and storing large quantities of alcohol before the law came into force. Denise Boyle has been buying and keeping alcohol like this for a year. He added 300 cans of German Pilsner beer and 100 bottles of French lager beer. The picture of him standing in a trolley full of alcohol was also discussed on social media.
At the same time, there has been criticism that the new government’s policy will allow citizens to approach neighboring countries such as Scotland. In 2018, the lowest price for alcohol in Scotland was noted.