Off-trade

Off-licences should be shut says health expert

Professor of Public Health at Trinity College Dublin Joe Barry has questioned the necessity for off-licences to remain open during the Coronavirus lockdown.
“Alcohol is being sold in supermarkets and in petrol stations. I am not sure if we need the off-licences too.” – Professor Joe Barry.

“Alcohol is being sold in supermarkets and in petrol stations. I am not sure if we need the off-licences too.” – Professor Joe Barry.

 “Alcohol is being sold in supermarkets and in petrol stations,” he told the Evening Echo in Cork recently, “I am not sure if we need the off-licences too.”

The Fermoy native said that the last thing hospitals need was to face people who’ve suffered severe injuries while drunk.

While closing off-licences might be unpopular several unpopular measures have already had to be taken by the Government during the current crisis, he told the Echo.

Overconsumption of alcohol was a concern, he stated.

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