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Comment #4638057 by Michelle Dermody

Michelle Dermody Jan 9th 2016, 10:03 AM #

Alcohol is everywhere , sold in supermarkets,mini markets, Lcoal grocers and petrol stations as well as off licences. Maybe restrict the sale to off licence and pub only. Is 10am opening hours until 10 pm a bigger problem, except Sundays when O.T is 12. If the opening hours were changed to a later time but closing time remained the same would that make any difference ? Sadly Alcoholism is a huge social problem in Ireland and social issues are government issues too.

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Poll: Does Ireland have too many off-licences?

Poll: Does Ireland have too many off-licences?

The government could be looking at regulating the market.

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    Jan 9th 2016, 11:05 AM

    Michelle, being convenient to buy does not make people drink alcohol. The availability is a symptom not a cause of Ireland’s large alcohol problem.

    Strict regulation adds to alcohols allure, if anything increasing consumption.

    Good example of this is Holy Thursday.. Only because sale of drink is regulated Good Friday, off licences sell a weeks worth on Holy Thursday. This would not happen if they could just sell it on good fri. I was told this by the owner of an off licence!
    On a smaller scale this happens with reducing opening hours or location of sale.

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