As of January 4, the minimum unit price for alcoholic beverages will be set at 10 cents per gram of alcohol and will result in the highest price increase for strong spirits such as whiskey, gin and vodka.
A health expert said the new rules would reduce alcohol-related deaths in Ireland by about 200 each year, in addition to reducing alcohol-related hospital admissions by 6,000.
According to the new law:
The cheapest price for a 750 ml bottle of wine (12.5% alcohol) will be €7.40, while the cheapest bottle of wine used to be available in the supermarket for less than €4.
Gin and vodka (40%) cost no less than €20.71 for a 700 ml bottle.
A similarly sized 700ml bottle of whiskey with a slightly higher alcohol content (43%) costs at least €22.09.
The minimum price for a 500ml can of black beer is €1.70 and €1.66 for a 500 ml can of black beer.
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