From today, Tuesday January 4, the government’s new minimum unit price for alcohol comes into effect, which will significantly increase the cost of cheap alcohol in supermarkets.
The new legislation was passed last year as part of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, aimed at targeting ‘cheap in relation to its strength’ alcohol in a bid to tackle alcohol abuse. ‘alcohol.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the law aims to “reduce the consumption of alcohol, reduce the harm caused by alcohol abuse and delay the initiation of alcohol consumption by children and young people”.
However, minimum pricing has led to significant increases in alcohol prices in supermarkets, sometimes by up to 40%.
Large slices of beer in particular, which are normally sold at promotional prices, could more than double as a result of the changes.
Under the new rules, the price of alcohol will be based on the grams of alcohol it contains. The minimum will be 10c per gram – meaning alcohol cannot be sold below this price.
The HSE says the change means the minimum price for a “standard drink” will be €1.
A bottle of wine should be sold for no less than €7.40 under the new rules.
A strong wine at 15% alcohol volume will cost around €8.76.
To incorporate the new law, the minimum price for a pint of lager will be around €1.98.
Cans in supermarkets and off license will see the biggest increase, with the cheapest can being around €1.70.
A slab of 24 cans of beer is expected to cost at least €40.00 – a big jump from supermarket deals which see them selling for as little as €15.00.
Spirits – vodka, gin, whisky, rum
Inexpensive spirits, such as supermarket own brands, are likely to see the biggest increases due to their high alcohol content and low costs.
A bottle of 43% spirits will not sell for less than €23.70 – a jump from current prices which see whiskey and gin being sold in some supermarkets or on sale off license for €15-18.
A 500ml can of 5.5% alcohol cider will cost around €2.17.
Inexpensive hard ciders will see the biggest price increase.
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