Lithuania: Shorter alcohol sale hours reduced male mortality: study

Shorter alcohol sale hours in Lithuania have led to a decline in male deaths on Sundays and Mondays, according to a new study, BNS reports. Daumantas Stumbrys, senior researcher at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LSMU), found that the mortality rate spiked on Sundays and Mondays, but had decreased to the weekly average since the introduction of shorter sale hours on alcoholic beverages in 2018. Stumbrys noted that the reduction in mortality may be related to other factors as well. Sales of alcoholic beverages are now allowed from 10am to 8pm on Mondays to Saturdays and from 10am to 3pm on Sundays. Lithuania’s legal drinking age is 20 years.