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Cheap supermarket alcohol 'should be doubled in price'

Selling cans of lager for as little as 50c encourages anti-social behaviour, Dublin’s Lord Mayor has said.

Cans of lager in a supermarket
Cans of lager in a supermarket
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

CHEAP ALCOHOL SOLD in supermarkets and off-licences should cost twice as much, Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague has said.

The Labour councillor said raising prices would help fight anti-social behaviour, half of which is alcohol-related. He said cans of lager costing as little as 50c each should cost at least a euro, suggesting that these were often the products related to “problem drinking”, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Mr Montague said: “I think there is a case to be made for bringing in a minimum price for alcohol. We know the people who buy the cheapest of the cheap alcohol tend to be young people, often under-age drinkers, and people with drink problems. We’re not affecting the price of a drink in a pub or the glass of wine in the evenings.”

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