The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to hold up Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies as an exemplar for other developed countries.
By 2020, Ireland aims to reduce pure alcohol intake from about 11 litres per person to 9.1 litres, the average rate in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) members.
It is also attempting to pass the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill, elements of which have run into difficulties with the European Commission over competition law.
The legislation covers the introduction of minimum unit pricing; structural segregation of alcohol from other products in supermarkets and retail outlets; detailed labelling requirements including health warnings, calorie and alcohol content; and restrictions on advertising and promotions.
Dudley Tarlton, a policy specialist at the UNDP, said there was evidence Ireland’s ambitions in the area of alcohol policy would bring economic benefits to the country.
Source: Mark Hilliard, The Irish Times, 03/05/18