Sunday 18 August 2019

Drinks promotion in Lar Corbett's bar slammed as 'a reckless stunt'

Lar Corbett. Photo: Liam Burke
Lar Corbett. Photo: Liam Burke
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

The bar run by All-Ireland-winning Tipperary hurling star Lar Corbett has been accused of "a reckless publicity stunt", after offering beer and vodka drinks for 99c.

Mr Corbett runs Lar Corbett's and Coppingers, in Thurles, which has advertised special deals for 'Black Friday' this week.

Among the promotional offers are pints of Guinness, Heineken, and Vodka and Red Bulls for less than €1.

But it has sparked anger among responsible drinking campaigners.

Drinkaware has raised concerns about the message it sends out.

"Drinks promotions like the so-called 'Black Friday' at Lar Corbett's Bar in Thurles have no place in our society," Niamh Gallagher, CEO of the advocacy group, said.

"This is a reckless publicity stunt, which actively encourages people to drink to excess in an extremely dangerous way," she said. She also raised the upcoming Public Health Alcohol Bill, which suggests new measures including minimum unit pricing to address the impact of alcohol misuse.

"It is concerning to see irresponsible promotions like this take place," she said in context of the proposed law. "We urge people thinking of engaging with these campaigns or promotions to think again - the cost of alcohol may be cheap but that is nothing compared to the cost to physical and mental health both now and in the future."

Irish Independent

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