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# Your Say
Poll: Should the legal drinking age be raised to 20?
Senator Catherine Noone has called on Ireland to adopt the Icelandic model to combat the dangers of alcohol abuse.

FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone said yesterday that Ireland needs to do a lot more to combat the problem of alcohol abuse, urging the country to adopt the Icelandic model in tackling the issue among young people.

She said in a statement: “In Iceland the government reduced the reducing visibility and availability of alcohol. They increased the legal drinking age to 20 years and put a ban on alcohol and tobacco advertisements.”

Her comments come on the back of a new study which placed Irish women as among the heaviest drinkers in a table of over 100 countries.

So, what do you think? Should the legal drinking age (currently 18) be raised to 20?

Poll Results:

No (7436)
Yes (4387)
Not sure (375)

Senator Noone contacted us today to clarify: “I highlighted that the Icelandic model has been very successful in reducing problem drinking. While I agree with many measures used in Iceland I do not support raising the legal drinking age. I was merely highlighting all of the measures used and starting a debate on it. I think Ireland could usefully adopt some of theses measures but, if we do so, there is no requirement to adopt the Icelandic model wholesale.”

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