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New Irish study shows minimum unit pricing for alcohol will affect 14% of drinkers

24 November 2016

The study, using data from the HRB's National Alcohol Diary Survey 2013 has examined the relationship between high-risk drinking, personal income, place of purchase and price paid for alcohol.

It was conducted using a national sample of 3,187 Irish adults aged 18-75 years who reported drinking alcohol in the week prior to interview in 2013. 

Key findings included:

  • One in seven (14%) Irish adults, who currently drink alcohol, purchases alcohol at less than €1 per standard drink which is below the minimum unit price.
  • Almost two-thirds of respondents reported high-risk drinking with men being more likely to report high-risk drinking relative to women.
  • The majority (69%) of low-cost alcohol, that is alcohol purchased below €1 per standard drink, was purchased in supermarkets.
  • The cheapest alcohol products were favoured by the heaviest drinkers, irrespective of income with approximately 45% of the heaviest drinkers with both high and low incomes purchasing cheap alcohol.

You can read more in the press release on the RCSI website at the link below.

The study, Potential impact of minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Ireland: Evidence from the National Alcohol Diary Study, was recently published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism and is also available from the links below.

The HRB press release that accompanied the original HRB National Alcohol Diary Survey report in 2014 is also available below. (This press release has a summary of the report's key findings, with links to infographics as well as the full report itself.)

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