Dr Augustine Pereira suggested the initiative at the launch of his report “A focus on Alcohol & Health in Cork and Kerry” at Cork County Hall yesterday/this morning.
Dr Pereira said he was hopeful that the introduction of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act last year would, in time, “denormalise” alcohol consumption similar to the impact the smoking ban has had on cigarette use.
Asked if he felt there were other legislative initiatives that could be brought in to add to the provisions of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, Dr Pereira said it “would be useful to look at alcohol licencing”.
“People already have an opportunity to give their feedback about new licenced premises and what they would like to see in an area,” Dr Pereira said.
Source: Joe Leogue, Irish Examiner, 29th May 2019