Really? The price of alcohol in Iceland is horrendous. I understand though that it's cheaper in the off licences so they get tanked up at home and then go out on a pub crawl. There's even an Icelandic word for the practice.Iceland solved their youth drinking problem and pricing wasn’t part of the 5 point plan at all.
Iceland solved their youth drinking problem and pricing wasnt part of the 5 point plan at all.
The point is that you're not comparing like with like. Salaries are higher in the Republic than they are in Scotland.Quoted minimum of 50p per unit = ~€0.60
1 pint beer = 2 units = €1.20
1 wine bottle = 10 units = €6
You'd have to be drinking some pish to be imbibing for less than that, in the Republic at least.
I've been holidaying in Italy pretty regularly since 1979 so I'm equally familiar with it, and it is the same story. The Italians look down on drunks.I spend a lot of time in Catalunya, where booze is pretty cheap, and other than tourists, I rarely see a drunk. Interestingly, 98% of drink driving cases in Spain result in convictions.
If you do end up doing a 'costa' make it the Costa Brave, with gems like Tossa de Mar and the wonderful old city of Girona very near to hand.I've been holidaying in Italy pretty regularly since 1979 so I'm equally familiar with it, and it is the same story. The Italians look down on drunks.
Of topic, I've recently taken an interest in Spain and finally got to visit Madrid last month for the first time. Apart from a holiday near Malaga years ago and a week in Barcelona I have little experience of the place. In the past the marketing emphasis there seemed to be more on costa holidays which never appealed to us, and it overshadowed a lot of the country's gems. There are at least three or four of those within an hour or so by train from Madrid. I'm planning to go back in the autumn.
Yeah but those prices were there when they had a huge problem as well. So clearly price does not seem to be the main element. If it's even an element at all.Have you seen the price of alcohol in Iceland ?
I went through their 'duty-free' last year en route to the USA.
Was more expensive than your average Tesco.
These are off-licence prices.
330ml can of local beer: US$2 to US$3
500ml can of local beer: US$2.50 to US$4
Cheapest bottle of wine: US$10 to US$12
.7L bottle of off-brand vodka: US$30
.7L bottle of mid-level brand vodka: US$50
Go and Google the differences between the 1700's and the 21st century and see how aggressive taxation won't work.Go and Google 'gin lane' by hogarth. In the 1700s the epidemic of binge drinking in gin palaces was eradicated by aggressive taxation. So it does work
not true in a list of countries with the highest alcohol comsumption were number 21 of 25 1 being the highestIreland's booze statistics are off the Richter scale. Makes the Russians look sober. Contrast us to all the beautiful people around the Mediterranean.
We need more tax on all the stupidity, liver disease , puking , drink drivers , ugly fat pugs , anti social behaviour , working days lost , healthcare bills , fights at the chipper , unwanted pregnancies and std's etc etc
Big countries buy more of everything.not true in a list of countries with the highest alcohol comsumption were number 21 of 25 1 being the highest
The best way to curtail alcohol consumption without penalizing sensible drinkers is by banning the advertisement of alcohol.There was a time in Ireland when it was around the same price to buy alcohol in an off-licence as it was to sit in a pub.
I would to see this happen again.
The prices to drop in the pub and go up in the off-licence.
The best place for people to be drinking is in the pubs.
Well Prohibition in the USA led directly to the growth of the Mafia and widespread crime and racketeering.I would like to see alcohol banned full stop in Ulster (and yes that includes Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan).
I don't think though that alcohol abuse is such a thing in the South so doing so might be to hasty a measure.
we re tyying with Luxemburg population 579000Big countries buy more of everything.
Try 'per capita' . Ireland... a nation of ugly drunks.
Brendan behan, Shane McGowan, even our football pundits and politicians stand out from the European norm.
Which Irish politicians look like drunks ? Loads of them.
Ask u a question,Hard to see it as anything other than a sop to the pub trade who have been campaigning for such a move.