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Lise Hand: Now Slab makes move on slabs as he declares a 'War on Terroir'

Published 25/10/2013 | 02:00

Health Minister James Reilly said the consequences of alcohol misuse cost the State €3.7bn a year.
Health Minister James Reilly said the consequences of alcohol misuse cost the State €3.7bn a year.

Be the hokey this Government is on the warpath all right. First, Fine Gael and Labour had to wheedle our EU overlords into letting us skulk off the Naughty Step with fervent promises that we'll never, ever go balubas with our money ever again, fingers crossed and hope to die.

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The job's oxo. But the cleaning-up of the nation's act hasn't ended with the rehabilitation of our international reputation, no siree. Now the Fight on Fecklessness is focused on our over-exuberant relationship with the demon drink.

It's been a twin-pronged attack; alcohol went up in last week's Budget, including a whopping extra 50c levied on a bottle of wine (the War on Terroir, so to speak). And then yesterday the big and little Health Ministers James Reilly and Alex White, and Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, launched a new Battle of the Booze, targeting hooch such as the cheap-as-chips slabs of beer sold in supermarkets and off-licences.

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