Vice Squad
Monday, May 24, 2004
Finland Continues to Counter the Effects of Cheaper Booze

Prices for alcohol in Finland declined markedly in March as taxes were lowered. The tax cut was motivated by the recognition that the Estonian entry into the EU was going to lead to a significant decline in the effective price of alcohol for many Finns, in any case. With the price decline has come increased consumption and a spike in alcohol-related problems, as Vice Squad noted in mid-April. The Finnish police are now hoping to combat the trend towards more alcohol-related problems: "The main focus of the operation will be under-age drinking, rowdy drinkers in public places and stricter checks to ensure that licensed premises are observing the law." (The most recent related Vice Squad post was on May 11.)

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