THE price of cheap bottles of vodka and low cost cans of cider and lager will increase under a Government clampdown on alcohol.
Supermarkets and small shops will also be required by law to confine their off-licence to one part of the store.
And alcohol will carry specific health warnings, which won't be as graphic as cigarette packets, and calorie levels.
The Cabinet today signed off on its long-awaited alcohol strategy. A timeline on when the new laws will come into place will be announced tomorrow.
Minimum pricing is being brought in by the Government on what is described as cheap alcohol relative to its strength.
The rules will be enforced through inspections by Environment Health Officers.
Meanwhile, the widening gap in alcohol prices is set to drive shoppers north of the Border to stock up this Christmas, retailers have claimed.
Prices were already up to twice as expensive in stores in the Republic even before Budget day excise hikes widened the gap further, the National Off-Licence Association (NOFFLA) said.
And the clampdown on cheap alcohol could widen the gap even further.