Ireland spent €6.3 billion on alcohol

Shelley Marsden

New figures reveal there was a total of €6.3 billion on alcohol in Ireland in 2012

The CSO figures, up 1.2 per cent on 2011, reveal a greater spend on alcohol despite the country’s economic woes and have prompted calls for a comprehensive national alcohol strategy.

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the rise further highlights the urgent need to address the small country’s relationship with alcohol.

People in Ireland spent twice as much on alcohol than they spent on clothing and footwear last year, and alcohol-related harm costs the country more than €3.7 billion a year.  Three people die every day from an alcohol-related illness.

Conor Cullen of Alcohol Action Ireland said: “We must remember that alcohol is not a grocery or another everyday household item, even though this is how it is currently marketed and sold throughout this country.”

“More than €6.3 billion is a huge figure for a relatively small country like Ireland to spend on alcohol in a year and it’s particularly worrying that our total spend on alcohol in 2012 increased for the second year in a row,” added Cullen.

“These latest figures from the CSO only serve to emphasise the crucial need for the full-range of alcohol-harm reduction measures currently being considered by Government, particularly key measures targeting the pricing, marketing and availability of alcohol in Ireland,” said Cullen.

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