The minimum unit price of alcohol in Ireland will come into effect from next year, which will bring about many major changes in the price of beverages in supermarkets.
From January 1, 2022, there will be an increase in the price of beer, wine and spirits in Irish supermarkets such as Tesco and Dunnas Stores.
The rules see a price of at least 10 cents per gram of alcohol “on the floor” and are designed to target cheap drinks with a high alcohol content.
Minimum pricing does not apply to alcohol sold in pubs and licensed premises, but does not apply to those sold in supermarkets and off-licenses.
The new pricing will set the minimum price at the locker at 440 ml cans at 32 1.32; 75 7.75 in 750 ml sardonol; And 700 ml in a bottle of gin or vodka 71 20.71.
Supermarket brands such as Tesco’s own brand of vodka are also expected to rise in price from around 99 12.99 to 71 20.71.
A similar bottle of gin goes from € 14.25 to 20 71 20.71 and a bottle of wine from மது 3.99 to 50 50 6.50.
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Speaking at the official launch of the policy today, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly stressed that the move would be introduced because “there is strong evidence that it works”.
Some supermarkets currently sell alcohol that is “cheaper than water,” which is “not good, not healthy,” he said.
Doniste Leo Vartaker said the minimum unit price would save lives, as well as reduce disease, improve quality of life and reduce stress on health care.
Although the law was enacted in 2018, the government has delayed introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol until Northern Ireland is prepared to impose similar laws.
Mr Wardkar said today that the Irish government would put pressure on Stormont to act.
“I still hope they will follow suit. We will put pressure on the parties there to do so, especially the co-chairs of the administration: Sin Fine and the DUP,” he said.
However, Mr Donnelly said Northern Ireland was “years away” from introducing a similar policy.
He said it was unlikely to set a minimum price for alcohol before 2023, adding that Ireland was “not ready to wait long”.
Recent sales data show a 57% increase in alcohol purchases in the trade over the four-week period from January 24th.
Research shows that Scotland, which implemented the minimum unit price in 2018, saw next year’s consumption levels fall to the lowest level in more than two decades.
Minister of State for Public Health Frank Feigen said today: “We know from our modeling and evidence from Scotland that we know that the minimum unit price is the highest risk, most harmful to drinkers.
“If we can remove cheap, strong alcohol from our stores, we can reduce the burden of disease, and strong alcohol can push our children and youth out of the price range.”