As part of the Health Equity Pilot Project, the EU Commission has published a review of evidence on effective interventions and policies in addressing socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol consumption and related harm.
This review found that in EU countries, most research on inequalities is alcohol focused on pricing policies.
The evidence suggests that increases in price through taxation and pricing policies would be most beneficial to harmful drinkers and those in lower socioeconomic groups and would help reduce socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol-related harm. These policies have been found to be the most cost effective. This was also demonstrated through modelling studies conducted in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
In the Republic of Ireland, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill has commenced legislative passage through Dáil Éireann. The Bill includes provisions for the introduction of a minimum price per gram of alcohol.