Alcohol abuse cost €3.7bn a year – Alcohol Action Ireland appears on TV3 news

The Government should “seriously consider” raising taxes on alcohol to reduce the estimated €3.7 billion cost to the state from alcohol abuse, according to a HSE report on the issue.

The research also goes on to suggest that the alcohol industry had, until recently, “exercised undue influence on government policy”.

The report comes as provisional figures indicate that alcohol consumption levels in Ireland increased last year for the first time since 2001.

Alcohol Action Ireland Director Fiona Ryan welcomed the report and tells TV3 news the Government should either introduce minimum pricing for alcohol or increase excise duty.

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