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Poll: Should Ireland set a minimum price on alcohol?

The government intends to introduce a ‘price floor’ in attempts to curb alcohol abuse. Do you back their plan?

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THE GOVERNMENT is seeking to introduce a minimum price on alcohol, in a bid to reduce dependency and abuse of the substance.

The Seanad last week unanimously backed a motion proposed by Fine Gael councillors, which recommended a minimum price-per-unit, arguing that below-cost selling was an incentive to buy alcoholic drinks.

The motion noted that the average age for a first-time drinker had fallen over the last decade, while alcohol-related crimes had risen at the same time.

The proposal has been opposed by publicans, however, who say their trade is already struggling – and that imposing an artificial minimum price could be fatal to many of Ireland’s pubs.

Today we’re asking what you think: should Ireland impose a minimum price on a substance that is often socially destructive? Or would the proposal unfairly target one of the few pleasures that some of us still have left?

Should Ireland set a minimum price on alcohol?

Poll Results:

No (1751)
Yes (642)
I don't know (67)

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Gavan Reilly

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