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# Alcohol

This year
2023
# nightlife
Longer drinking hours could harm public health, committee warned
An Oireachtas committee heard from public health organisations that deal with alcohol-related harm.
# findings
Seven out of 10 rugby fans would not support Aviva alcohol ban, according to research
The research was carried out during two of Ireland’s November internationals.
Last year
2022
THE MORNING LEAD
Almost half of people think allowing nightclubs to stay open until 6am is a bad idea
A report by
Hayley Halpin
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am.
The Cabinet approved legislation last month that would allow nightclubs to stay open until 6am. If the legislation is passed by the Oireachtas, the changes are likely to be enacted next year.
More than half of people think later opening hours for pubs is a good idea.
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Licensing changes to allow nightclubs open until 6am and pubs open until 12.30am by summer 2023
# Tapped Out
Government not planning to reduce excise duty on alcohol following Heineken price rise
The company announced yesterday that it is increasing its keg prices by 9%.
# nightlife
Donnelly says he raised health concerns about relaxing alcohol licensing laws
It was earlier reported that health concerns about expanding the hours when alcohol can be sold were not shared at Cabinet.
# IMO
Doctors' group warns longer pub opening hours are 'regressive and harmful'
Proposed new laws would allow pubs open from 10.30am to 12.30am, seven days a week, while nightclubs could open until 6am.
# outdoor dining
Drinking outside pubs and restaurants here to stay as minister plans to make it permanent
The law that permits outdoor drinking and dining has been extended for a further six months.
# budget 2023
Cost of cigarettes to increase but price of a pint remains the same
There will also be pro-rata increases on other tobacco products.
# revenue seizure
Tobacco, beer and wine with estimated value of over €300,000 seized at Rosslare Europort
Close to 26,000 litres of beer, over 11,800 litres of wine, and around 77.5 kilograms of ‘roll your own’ tobacco were seized.
# Your Say
Poll: How often do you binge drink?
A new study suggests many people do not realise they are drinking high levels of alcohol.
# Alcohol
Many Irish people are in denial about their drinking habits, new research finds
Two in three regular binge drinkers failed to recognise their consumption of alcohol was at an excessive level.
# long covid
Three quarters of long Covid patients consuming problematic levels of alcohol
Two new studies have found that complications arising from long Covid are primarily brain related – not heart and lung conditions, as previously thought.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Will Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol lead to an increase in drug use?
Is there evidence that alcohol users turn to drugs as a result of the policy?
# Public Health (Alcohol) Act
Minimum alcohol pricing rules kick in today - here's what that means
€7.10 is now the minimum price for a bottle of wine that has an alcohol content of 12%.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you taking part in Dry January?
Are you planning to give up drinking for the month, or is now not the time?
All time
# Revenue
Revenue has seized cannabis, alcohol and cigarettes worth more than €183,000
The cannabis was disguised in packaging as coffee, clothing and custom decals.
# Alcohol
Heineken moves to take sole control of Irish drinks company behind Dutch Gold
Comans Beverages Ltd also distributes brands like Prazky, Druids cider and Karpackie.
# global drugs survey
People in Ireland have the most regret over being drunk globally, new study shows
The Global Drug Survey 2021 shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
898 people in Ireland participated in the Global Drug Survey 2021.
The survey shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
On average, respondents from Ireland felt the most regret over getting drunk this year globally, regretting it 28.4% of the time.
# Tallaght
Tallaght services seeing crisis in community over crack cocaine, TDs told
The Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Health today.
# Dreaming of a dry Christmas
Trucker shortage could lead to drink supply issues in the UK this Christmas
49 leading companies wrote to the British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps about the issue.
# Drinking
Alcohol price survey finds weekly intake limit can be reached in Ireland for less than €8
Alcohol Action Ireland said alcohol producers and retailers are shifting their marketing strategies.
# Drugs
More people are using cocaine and ecstasy, but slightly fewer are using cannabis
Men are more than twice as likely as women to use drugs, according to a new survey.
# Alcohol
WHO faces criticism over suggesting women of childbearing age should be advised against drinking
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has called on the WHO to review the report “as a matter of urgency”.
# Dublin District Court
Berlin D2 bar loses licence after 'boozy brunch' deemed 'neglectful and irresponsible' by judge
A video clip was of the event on 14 August last prompted outrage.
# Drinking
Ministers to put 'pressure' on NI Executive to follow suit with minimum unit pricing for alcohol
The measures will take effect in the Republic at the start of 2022, but it will be at least 2023 in the North.
# cheap alcohol
Minimum unit pricing for alcohol approved by Cabinet - but it won't kick in until January 2022
Concerns were raised about the difference in the price of alcohol in the North.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you travel to the North to buy cheaper drink?
If minimum pricing of 10c per gram of alcohol is introduced, would you travel North to buy drink?
# Your Say
Poll: Have you drunk more, or less, during the pandemic?
Research found that every person over the age of 15 in Ireland drinks, on average, more than 10 litres of alcohol per year.
# Alcohol
People in Ireland drink, on average, the equivalent of 40 bottles of vodka a year
Every person in Ireland aged 15 and over drinks, on average, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year, according to new figures.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you trying to drink less alcohol this year?
Survey results indicate that Irish people were drunk more times in a year than the global average.
# Alcohol
Men in Ireland have less regret over being drunk than women, study suggests
The Global Drugs Survey 2020 found respondents in Ireland were drunk more times in a year than the global average.
# Senedd
Welsh politicians 'caught drinking wine' in tea room of country's parliament days after a pub alcohol ban
The four say they did not consume alcohol not bought from parliamentary premises.
# Your Say
Poll: Should the sale of alcohol be banned after a certain time of day?
Leo Varadkar said last week the government is considering such a ban.
# New Law
You won't be able to use supermarket loyalty points to get discounts on alcohol from today
The enactment of another provision from the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2018 follows the introduction of the so-called “booze curtain” in November.
# Covid-19
Government to examine reducing times for alcohol sales - Tánaiste
Leo Vardakar says the government is looking at measures around the sale of alcohol.
# Mayo
'Fully-equipped bar' and 'significant amount of alcohol' found at suspected shebeen in Westport
During the course of a search, gardaí located a number of people on the premises consuming alcohol.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you taking part in Dry January?
Or is now just not the time for that?
# shed load
Suspected Kildare shebeen complete with bar taps, pool table and log fire discovered on NYE
Gardaí say about 15 people were in the shed near Kildare Town when it was searched.
# dry january
South Africa bans alcohol sales as cases rise to over one million
South Africa passed one million recorded coronavirus cases yesterday.
# pour one out
Quiz: How much do you know about pints?
A pint’s a pound, the world around.