A survey which was conducted by Alcohol Action Ireland (AAI) has found that the weekly HSE limit on alcohol consumption can be reached for just €8.
The survey found that an adult man can reach his weekly low-risk limit of 17 drinks for €7.65 while an adult woman can reach her weekly limit of 11 standard drinks for €4.95.
AAI, which aims to reduce alcohol harm, stated that the exceptional affordability of alcohol is what’s supporting Ireland’s “harmful use of alcohol”.
It also stated that its findings reaffirm the need to introduce minimum pricing on alcohol products, which is set to be introduced in the state in January 2022.
These new rules will prevent the sale of any alcohol product under €1.
The survey found that cider was the cheapest alcohol product available, followed by beer, wine and spirits.
Prices for alcohol products were extremely low in some cases, as the survey found that consumers could spend as little as:
- 0.45c for a standard drink of cider
- 0.46c for a standard drink of beer
- 0.56c for a standard drink of wine
- 0.68c for a standard drink of gin
- 0.63c for a standard drink of vodka
- 0.68c for a standard drink of whiskey
Head of Communications at Alcohol Action Ireland Eunan McKinney stated, “The affordability of alcohol from off-trade businesses, across a retail landscape dominated by a handful of major players, continues to sustain Ireland’s harmful use of alcohol.”