Finland study urges ban on strong beers in stores

September 8, 2011 11:44

HELSINKI - Finnish researchers are recommending that beer and other drinks with more than 3.5 percent alcohol be banned from grocery stores to curb alcohol-related deaths.

The joint study by three research institutes said that restricting the availability of higher-alcohol drinks in Alko, the state monopoly liquor store, would save around 350 people a year from alcohol-related deaths.

Around 3,000 people die in Finland each year because of diseases or incidents related to alcohol.

The suggested ban would be modeled on a similar move by neighboring Sweden in 1977, which helped curb alcohol-related deaths.

Finland's current limit for alcohol content at grocery stores is 4.7 percent.

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