Thursday, 8 May 2008

Alcohol too expensive

Apparently the price on alcohol is too high here in Finland.

After one week in office, the new director of Stakes, the National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, stated his opinion about the price of alcohol in Finland being too high. He also said that he would allow mild wines to be sold in small grocery stores.

And last month the director general of the KTL, the National Public Health Institute, proposed that the alcohol content of medium strength beers should be lowered by about one percentage unit. The two national institutions will merge into one by beginning of next year. I wonder how they will cope, joined together?

I have no idea whether these officials are politically nominated or if they have to apply with credentials for their respective positions but these are once again just opinions. The National Public Health Institute is normally opinionated against the consumption of alcohol from the national health point of view and the opinions of the members of parliament also differ from person to person. Still, the majority of people in this country are in favour of drinking their accustomed alcoholic beverages and most likely would favour lowered prices and better availability, especially now with the beginning summer season with opened bar terraces and sidewalk cafes.

The discussion whether or not to, is endless.

So, is the glass half empty or half full?!?

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