Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

General Scheme of Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015: Discussion (Resumed)

9:30 am

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

One potentially could, but it was not agreed. That is the bottom line. Some people assume that minimum unit pricing will result in a revenue boost for the Exchequer. I hope there will not be; I hope minimum unit pricing works to bring down consumption and therefore there is not an increase in revenue. I actually hope the revenue goes down because if we get alcohol consumption down from 11 litres to 9 litres, that is 20% less alcohol sold so there will be a cost in pure accounting terms. Obviously, there will be a longer-term gain from better health.


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