Welcome measures to tackle our drink problem
Nobody doubts that something needs to be done about the growing problem of alcohol in Irish society. A large number of people concerned about the issue, from the singer Christy Moore to healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of alcohol or hard-pressed staff in A&E departments, have highlighted this issue.
A package of measures has now been announced by the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Alex White, who intends to incorporate them in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
Advertising controls of alcohol are to be introduced on a phased-in basis over the next four years.