Vice Squad
Friday, August 10, 2007
"Sweden and Alcohol"

The Swedish approach to alcohol provides plenty of fodder for vice policy researchers. The current system involves a state-owned monopoly over retail sales and high taxes. But for a few decades prior to the mid-1950s, Sweden operated a rationing system for spirits, in which, among other features, those who misbehaved under the influence would lose their ration. A short primer by Laurie Thompson from 2003, "Sweden and Alcohol," is available online; thanks to Alcohol and Drugs History Society for the pointer.

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