Poland’s health ministry to tighten laws on alcohol
PR dla Zagranicy
The Polish health ministry looks to amend the law on education in sobriety and counteracting alcoholism in an effort to drive down alcohol-related deaths.
Under the planned restrictions, TV ads promoting beer will no longer be aired between 8 and 11pm, shifting the threshold to 11 pm.
Polish law allows for such ads to be broadcast until 6 am.
The proposed bill demands that shop assistants step up the practice of requiring IDs from underage customers.
Drinking alcohol in public places will be completely banned. This means no drinking in spots such as the stretches along the bank of the Vistula river in Warsaw, an outdoor socialising hub for many young Varsovians.
The new regulations also outlaw pulverised alcohol, created through the absorption of ethanol by cyclodextrin.
The average Pole drinks more than 10 litres of alcohol a year, above the EU average, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Alcohol consumption accounts for 10,000 deaths annually. (aba)