“Sweden’s alcohol policy is more liberal than 25 years ago, and consumption is 20-25 per cent higher than before we joined the EU.”
And this, mind you, with all the tee-totaling Muslim immigrants…
I saw this in action because Finland also has serious alcohol restrictions. In 1988, during my first visit to what was then Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) there were many drunk Finns wandering around the place. “They come to drink,” my representative told me, because of the enormous price differential between Finland and the then-Soviet Union.
I’ve attempted to show (with hostile reaction) that the Scots-Irish church’s hard push for total abstinence comes from that group’s penchant for binge drinking. Obviously the Swedes, opposite of the Scots-Irish in many ways, take the same view, in a secular framework. But with all the boozers across the Baltic, it’s a hard “red line” to draw.
The increased alcohol consumption may also be an explanation for the Swedes’ liberal policies towards Middle Eastern immigrants…but I digress.