Monday, March 08, 2004

Irish boozing 'has gone too far'

My Kelly ancestors would not believe it

AFTER piloting through radical laws that will ban smoking in Irish pubs at the end of the month, Irish Health Minister Micheal Martin today pledged to bring in new controls on alcohol....

Addressing his Fianna Fail party's annual conference, Martin said he now planned to target the country's alcohol problem and to encourage "responsible" drinking, in particular targeting under-age offenders. "I believe we are getting to the stage where as a nation we are willing to confront the fact that we have a serious problem relating to alcohol abuse. "One terrible statistic shows that Ireland has had the highest increase in alcohol consumption of any European country in the last decade," he said...

"New legislation I will introduce will control the advertising, sponsorship and marketing of alcohol to reduce the exposure of children and teenagers to alcohol promotion."

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