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Finnish parliament liberalises alcohol sales

On Friday 15th December, Finland's parliament voted to allow stronger alcoholic drinks to be sold in grocery stores.

Currently, supermarkets are able to sell drinks with up to 4.7% alcohol by volume (ABV). As of March, this threshold will be increased to 5.5% ABV.
Alko, Finland's state-owned alcohol retailer, retains its exclusive rights to sell stronger alcoholic drinks and has had its opening hours extended to 9pm on weeknights.

Furthermore, restaurants and small breweries have seen the conditions for on-site alcohol sale liberalised.

Eurocare member EHYT - Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention responded by demanding more resources for prevention and treatment and committed to carefully monitor the societal impact of the decision.


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