Booking yourself in for a blow-dry and having a little glass of Prosecco has become been a go-to indulgence when we’re in need of a pick me up, but if the the forthcoming Public Health Bill, as announced recently by Minister for Health Simon Harris, passes complimentary alcohol at hairdressers, beauty salons and barbers may soon become a thing of the past.
Gary Culleton of the Irish Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists is a believer of the bill, Today FM reports. “It’s just becoming far too easy, and far too normal to have a drink with everything.
“9.30 in the morning for a gin & tonic! We’re not killjoys, but we do see the harm excessive alcohol does to families, individuals and to society on a daily basis.
The news station also reports that Director of Brown Sugar Mark O’Keeffe disagrees with the proposal. “[Customers have] busy lives and work, they may have a family.
“They want to kick back, and of course if it’s having a tea or a coffee…they can have it. And if it happens to be a glass of Prosecco or a nice gin & tonic, then what harm?
“We’re talking about adults, responsible people, who should have the freedom of choice.”
This may also ban the hugely popular ‘bottomless brunch’, loved by millennials and weekend risers alike who enjoy a few glasses of bubbly or an early cocktail with their meals.
The expected legislation will also take into account of drink deals for students celebrating their Leaving Certificate results as well as ‘Welfare Wednesdays’, aimed at those who receive social welfare payments.
Alongside the Minister for Health, health chiefs within the government do hope the Public Health Bill will be passed by the end of the year.