According to latest statistics Ireland has the most expensive price on alcohol in the entire European Union.
The new report found that Ireland’s drinks rates were 175% above the EU average. Latest statistics also said found that Ireland is the second most expensive place in the EU to purchase tobacco products at 189% above average the EU average, with only the United Kingdom having a higher rate at 218%.
Meanwhile the cost of food and non-alcoholic drinks in Ireland is, at 119% above the EU average, making it the fourth highest in the EU, with Denmark (145%), Sweden (124%), Austria (120%) being more expensive.
However the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) have claimed the high price of alcohol in Ireland is down to the unfair excise rate and that this is a direct tax on jobs, tourism and consumers.