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9-22-2009 @ 9:21PM
*Trying* to ban? In Sweden, the only alcohol sale allowed outside of Systembolaget (the government-owned alcohol stores) are in licensed restaurants, and weak beer/cider (3.5% IIRC) in regular stores. The current administration is considering loosening the restrictions a little bit to allow direct sales from local producers, but some of the coalition parties aren't onboard with that. Alcohol advertisements have actually been legalized recently, due to EU pressure (although I think they have to be accompanied by a warning text of some kind).It used to be way worse. From 1917 to 1955, we actually had booze rationing, which was based on things like income/wealth, sex, and social status. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bratt_System
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