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Latvijas Avize - Latvia | 24/02/2010

Latvia's alcohol laws too lax

The Latvian parliament plans to vote on a proposal which would limit trade with alcohol in the near future. The daily Latvijas Avīze welcomes the initiative: "In Latvia more than 10 litres of pure alcohol are consumed per capita and per year, there are countless alcoholics and statistics show that the number of minors being brought into hospitals with alcohol poisoning is on the rise. … Sweden also has strict limits on the times when alcohol can be sold, and only persons above 20 are allowed to purchase alcohol after showing their ID. Moreover, drunk customers are not served, and the taxes on alcohol are high. In Latvia, on the other hand, minors are still able to successfully purchase alcohol. Yet alcohol does more damage to human lives than all the wars, earthquakes and illnesses put together: thousands of people die prematurely, sink into poverty, commit crimes and destroy their families – and then pass this devastating baton on to the next generation."

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