Winding down with a glass of wine in the evening may become an unattainable luxury for many, if Mr. Varadkar gets his way.
The Minister for Health is on a blitz to stamp out ‘cheap’ alcohol, which he believes is promoting Ireland’s ‘drink problem’.
If the new alcohol Bill is passed, cigarette packet-style health warnings and calorie counts on labels would become compulsory.
The minister obtained Cabinet approval yesterday for the Heads of the proposed Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015, which will, among other things, set a minimum price for alcohol.
New restrictions on advertising, marketing and sponsorship would also be put in place.
Mr. Varadkar added that ‘most Irish adults drink too much and many drink dangerously’.