Alcohol prices

Alcohol prices set to rise after Christmas

The new law will come into force next year.

The cost of alcohol is expected to rise in Irish and unlicensed supermarkets after Christmas as new laws are to be passed.

The minimum unit price comes into effect from January 4 under the Public Health Alcohol Act (2018).

Under this new law, various alcoholic products will not be legally allowed to be sold at a price lower than the minimum price set.

Regardless of where alcohol is sold, the minimum price will remain the same, whether sold unlicensed, in supermarkets, bars or restaurants.

So what is this minimum price? A standard drink in Ireland contains 10 grams of alcohol and the minimum standard price for a drink will currently be € 1.

While the price of most alcoholic drinks is higher than this, the new price will see that price increase to € 1.70, with a 500ml can of beer being that price.

The cheapest pint would now drop to € 1.98, while a 750ml bottle of wine with an alcohol content of 12.5% ​​and less would drop from around € 5 to € 7.40.

There will be an increase of 35c for wine with a higher alcohol percentage.

Regarding spirits, drinks with a higher alcohol percentage will experience the greatest price increase, with a 700 ml bottle of gin or vodka sold in supermarkets therefore at least € 20.71 and 22, 09 € for the whiskey.

HSE research from 2019 shows that, on average, every person in Ireland over the age of 15 drank 10.8 liters of alcohol each year.

In real terms, this equates to 40 bottles of vodka, 113 bottles of wine, or 436 pints of beer.

The goal of rising alcohol prices is to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths and hospitalizations, with the hopes of reducing deaths by 200 and hospitalizations by 6,000 each year.

Research by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group found that when implemented, alcohol consumption is expected to decrease by almost 9% overall.

Heavy drinkers should reduce their intake by 15%, while those who drink less should now reduce by 3%.