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Binge drinking: bottles left on the steps of Dublin city centre landmark, the Customs House on a Saturday afternoon, August 2nd.  ....New laws under the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2008 concerning alcohol consumption came into force on Wednesday July 30th. The new regulations including giving gardai ( police ) more powers to seize alcohol consumed in public earlier off-licence and nightclub closing times and stiffer penalties for those who sell alcohol to under-18s.