Cabinet agrees proposals tackling alcohol misuse

A range of measures to tackle alcohol misuse including minimum pricing in supermarkets is expected to go to Cabinet immediately after being agreed by a sub-committee of ministers.
A range of measures to tackle alcohol misuse including minimum pricing in supermarkets is expected to go to Cabinet immediately after being agreed by a sub-committee of ministers.

It's understood that the Cabinet has agreed a number of proposals to tackle alcohol misuse which are to include price increases and availability restrictions according to a report in the Irish Independent recently.

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4 October 2013

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Quoting ‘government sources’ the Independent stated that, “All the details are still to be worked out, but government sources say there is agreement in principle for the tougher approach to tackling alcohol.

"The regulations on advertising are being tightened and minimum prices on alcohol are expected to be introduced”.

However a ban on alcohol sponsorships is likely to be deferred and given to yet another study group under the Department of the Taoiseach to report back in a year’s time.

According to the newspaper Junior Health Minister Alex White said that substantial progress had been made by the Government with the conclusions to be published after the Budget.

A range of measures to tackle alcohol misuse including minimum pricing in supermarkets is expected to go to Cabinet immediately after being agreed by a sub-committee of ministers.

And according to a report in The Examiner, a cabinet sub-committee on social inclusion met recently to agree a memorandum authorising the Department of Health to prepare legislation that would give force to restrictive laws on alcohol that would:

*Impose a minimum price on alcohol

* Require health advice, including alcohol count and calories, on bottles of drink

* Impose a 9pm watershed before which TV advertisements for alcohol would be banned

* Require the physical separation of alcoholic drinks from other products in retail premises

* Prohibit cinema advertising of alcoholic drinks except for films with an 18 certificate.

The memo is due to go before Cabinet shortly, reported The Examiner.

 

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