VFI Welcomes Health Research Board Findings
The Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (‘VFI’) which represents approximately 4,200 publicans throughout Ireland welcomes the fact that the findings of the Health Research Board (‘HRB’) survey mirror what our members have been calling for.
The VFI has for some time called for a thorough debate amongst all stakeholders involved in the drinks industry targeted at making the consumption of drink in Ireland as controlled, as safe and as responsible as possible.
Launched only days after the horrific scenes witnessed at Phoenix Park and a week after the irresponsible promotion of alcohol by a well known supermarket chain, the results show without doubt that the Irish public want a change, want it now and indeed 58% believe that the Government is not doing enough.
The stand out findings as far as we are concerned are as follows:
58% of Irish people believe that there should be a minimum price below which alcohol can not be sold
The majority believe that alcohol should be sold in a separate premises to food and other household products
Of those that have purchased alcohol in supermarkets, 52% believe that the price of alcohol in supermarkets has fallen
Of the 18-24 year olds surveyed, 65% buy more alcohol when on promotion in supermarkets
47% believe that the Government should reduce the number of outlets selling alcohol
Our members have called for a minimum price at which alcohol will be sold, for segregated areas and for the end to price driven promotion and we are happy to see that the public support us in what we have been calling for.
We are also encouraged by Government soundings on these issues but it is now time for action.
The Irish pub will not be found wanting in this process and the VFI and our members are keen to ensure that we develop a better relationship between Irish society and alcohol, which will in the end be to all our benefits.
The VFI would welcome any opportunity to discuss with other stakeholders the issues so clearly identified in the HRB survey.