Latvia: Health Ministry proposes restricting alcohol sale

Latvia’s Health Ministry has proposed amendments to further restrict the availability of alcohol, LSM reports. The amendments would reduce the sales hours of alcoholic beverages, ban sales of alcohol at petrol stations, and raise the legal drinking age to 20 years. The ministry hopes that the amendments will reduce alcohol consumption, illness, injuries, and mortality. Astrida Stirna, head of the narcology help service at the Riga Psychiatry and Narcology Centre (RPNC), said that there should be no more delay in limiting the purchase and stopping the home delivery of alcohol. Also, there was an urgent need to extend treatment for alcohol addiction, she added.

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