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The price of cheap take-out alcohol should be doubled to cut anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed

The price of cheap take-out alcohol should be doubled to cut anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed

The price of cheap take-out alcohol should be doubled to cut anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed

The price of cheap take-out alcohol should be doubled to cut anti-social behaviour, it has been claimed.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Andrew Montague called for the Government to work alongside the Northern Ireland Assembly to set an agreed minimum price for off-licence sales.

The councillor said half of all anti-social behaviour problems in Ireland are drink-related. He said cans of lager on sale for as little as 50 cent should cost at least a euro each.

Councils also have to be given more power to restrict the growing number of off-licences opening around the country, he added.

"I think there is a case to be made for bringing in a minimum price for alcohol," Mr Montague said.

"We are seeing cans of beer in the supermarkets for less than 50 cent at the moment.

"We know the people who buy the cheapest of the cheap alcohol tend to be young people, often under-age drinkers, and people with drink problems.

"We're not affecting the price of a drink in a pub or the glass of wine in the evenings. It's about tackling the under-age drinking and problem drinking."

Gardai and council chiefs joined forces to call on families to play their part in helping reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in communities across the city.

A recent survey by Dublin City Council showed that while 88% of people think the capital is a great place to live, more than a third feel anti-social behaviour, drugs and beggars are damaging the city's reputation.

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