Friday, August 23 14:48:44
The drinks industry has refuted claims that alcohol consumption in Ireland is on the rise again, saying that figures show that the price of alcohol has increased, not the quantity consumed.
CSO figures released yesterday demonstrate that people are spending more on alcohol than this time last year.
"This is due to the VAT and excise increases in alcohol in last year's budget taking effect. Consumption of alcohol is not increasing in this country, contrary to claims and misinformation put forward by lobby groups," according to the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) in a statement today.
Kathryn D'Arcy, Director, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland said: "Some people are playing fast and loose with the facts, in order to further their own cause. It is very important that we do not lose sight of the facts in this debate."
"The reality is that alcohol consumption has fallen by 20pc since the peak of 2001, and is continuing to decline - fact. We are now consuming in line with European norms - fact. The price of alcohol in Ireland is the 2nd highest in the EU, after Finland - fact. According to reports by both the Dept Children and Youth Affairs and UNICEF, Irish teens are drinking less than they were in recent years - fact. Price of alcohol in Ireland is 62pc higher than the EU - fact," she said.