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Monday 18 December 2017

'Minimum pricing may encourage use of cheaper drugs'

Anne Kelly (27) Glasnevin
Anne Kelly (27) Glasnevin
Ruth Brady (28) Malahide
John McGorry (53) Malahide

Members of the public are mostly in favour of the minimum alcohol pricing, but some have expressed concerns that it may lead students to source "cheaper alternatives".

Anne Kelly from Glasnevin said there were concerns about the move.

"It's great news that they are upping the minimum price, but I'm worried that it might force young people to turn towards cheaper types of illegal drugs," she said.

The 27-year-old teacher added that cash-strapped college-goers might be tempted to turn to cheap pills and bootleg booze to get their kicks.

Ruth Brady (28, centre) from Malahide, also praised the plan, but was worried we might see people making trips across the Border to stock up on cheaper drink.

"I think it's excellent news. I'm looking forward to going out with my friends without being annoyed by people who come to the pub already drunk from pre-drinking at home," she said.

At the other end of the spectrum, John McGorry (53, bottom), from Malahide, slammed the plan, saying it will impact on responsible drinkers.

"I think it's a disgrace," he said. "Why should responsible drinkers like me be expected to pay more to drink at home?

"It's not addressing the bigger issues."

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