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No More Vodka For Minskers. City Bans Night-Time Sale Of Alcohol

Minsk will ban night-time sales of alcohol at all-night kiosks and stores. The ban will come into force on Monday, 1 October.

No vodka or other spirits at night.

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Strong drinks with the alcohol content of over 7%, as well as low alcohol drinks, won’t be sold in Minsk between 11 pm and 7 am.

Minsk City Executive Committee has taken such a decision as a part of a nationwide drive to reduce alcohol abuse and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Pubs, restaurants and other catering facilities selling alcohol for immediate consumption are not subject to the ban.

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According to the document, the ban will last till 1 October next year. It’s not the first time Minsk has introduced a ban like this.  A “night dry law” was introduced in the summer of 2015. Then alcohol was sold from 9 am to 22 pm.

Minsk is following the example set by its neighbor Lithuania, third largest alcohol consumer in the world.

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Radical changes in alcohol law of Lithuania have come into force since 1 January this year.

There, opening hours of alcohol retail trade were shortened from 10 am to 8 pm and from 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays.

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Besides, alcohol advertisement was totally banned, the legal age to purchase alcohol was increased from 18 to 20 years old.

Lithuanian authorities already note that people got used to new rules. A more detailed review will be published by the year-end.

For years Belarus has been recognized as the world leader in alcohol consumption. Luckily, this dubious honor is gradually fading away.

In the latest UN agency’s report, the Belarusians from the most drinking nation in the world turned into moderate drinkers.

Source: TUT.BY