Should Ireland Follow Scotland's Minimum Price For Booze Law?

DRUNKENSEIN

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A load of sanctimonious bourgeois hypocritical rubbish.Punishing the poor as usual.Ireland needs free booze with beer 🍺 and wine fountains flowing freely in all its major cities and towns.πŸ˜ŠπŸ»πŸ€πŸ’€πŸ˜‚
 


Buchaill Dana

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If they can afford 2 bottles of €6 wine they can afford one of €12. Its more likely to effect the buyers of slabs of Dutch Gold or Coors light.
And why should people who are price conscious be told what to drink?
 

General Urko

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I absolutely guarantee that in families where there is an insane alco, additional incalculable suffering will be imposed on them because more and more scarce resources will be pumped into sustaining the nutter's addiction!
 

General Urko

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With rising alcohol, food and fuel prices not to mention insane rents and by EU standards extortionate mortgage repayments, it's getting impossible for ordinary folk to live in this shytehole!
And methinks a revolt is inevitable, because we can't take that sort of shyte imposed by tossers who don't live in the real world
Actually, when you think about it they are becoming as distant from ordinary people here as the Anglo Aristocracy were. from the peasants here!
 

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next up a maximum price for car insurance?......thought not....
 

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Which eliminates cheaper brands from the equation....

Other than nimby style snobbery, any actual justification for this?
Reduced drinking is the objective. People who buy cheap alcohol are generally not alcoholics but if you can buy 12 Budweiser for the same price as 6 Guinness, good chance you'll buy the Bud and if you're willing to drink Bud, 24 Dutch Gold is not much of a step so instead of a 6 pack you buy a slab because its cheap.
 

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The Scottish approach still is rather light in evidence regarding its actual effectiveness (will probably be a few years until ongoing studies determine what is really happening).

The quoted stat that alcohol consumption volumes in Scotland in the past year dropped to a 25 year low sounds, at first glance, impressive. However, that looks a lot less impressive when one looks at prior trends. There has been a downward trend in consumption in Scotland for the past 10 years (from 11.7 litres of pure alcohol consumption in 2007 down to the quoted 9.9 litres since MUP was introduced in May 2018).

However, consumption was down to 10.8 litres in 2015, 10.5 litres in 2016, 10.2 litres in 2017 -- all prior to Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) introduced in May 2018. Even without MUP a further 0.3 litre drop in consumption to 9.9 litres wouldn't have been unsurprising anyway. Alcohol consumption was already at around 1994 levels anyway prior to MUP (alcohol volume per person of 10.1 litres in 1994 compared to 10.2 litres in 2017).

It's not clear that MUP actually really was responsible for an already ongoing decline.
 
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General Urko

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There has been a very much downward alcohol consumption in Ireland also. Our young people are more health conscious and due to our young people running out of the shytehole, they are doing their drinking abroad.
 

General Urko

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Also - Mind The Gap - publicans will just up their on premises prices so the gap in reality won't be that much reduced.
 

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If expensive alcohol was the solution, we would already have low consumption levels because our prices are second only to Sweden and Norway, as it stands!
 


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