Supermarkets and outlets will see big changes in January as controversial new alcohol pricing rules come into effect.
A “minimum price” for alcohol will be introduced in early 2022 – alcohol cannot legally be sold below a set price.
The minimum price is calculated based on the amount of alcohol in the drink, measured in grams.
If you break that down, it means stronger drinks are more expensive to people.
The government voted to introduce the minimum price rule of 10 cents per gram of alcohol, with a standard drink in Ireland containing around 10 grams of alcohol.
The new pricing means that the cheaper alcohol will see a price increase.
The minimum price for a pint of lager is around € 1.98, while the cheapest can is € 1.70.
A bottle of wine costs no less than € 7.40.
Whiskey, vodka and gin
Because whiskey and gin are higher in alcohol, they will see the most significant increases, with a 700ml bottle costing at least € 22.09.
Vodka should also fall into this area of responsibility.
A recent study by the Health Research Board found that alcohol use is the seventh most common risk factor for death and disability-adjusted life years worldwide, and the leading risk factor among 15- to 49-year-olds, but alcohol use has remained stable since 2013.
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