Belarus’ Interior Ministry suggesting to restrict selling alcohol after 10 p.m.

Belarus’ Interior Ministry suggesting to restrict selling alcohol after 10 p.m.

The Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Republic of Belarus is suggesting to restrict selling alcohol, which may lead to some considerable changes in the trade sector.

The Interior Ministry is currently working on the decree of President Lukashenko “The issues of retail trade of alcohol, low-alcohol drinks and beer”. The agency is suggesting not selling alcohol from 11 p.m. till 9 a.m. What is more, they are suggesting for big shops to have a separate hall for alcoholic goods.

The law enforcement bodies are also suggesting to increase the age from 18 to 21, when people can buy alcohol. People at the age of 18-21 tend to commit cries more when they are drunk, this figure is very low among teenagers under 18.

Every fourth crime in Belarus is committed in a state of alcohol intoxication. The percentage of severe crimes, robberies and mugging reaches a high percentage, about 70-80%.

"We understand that shops have a tsk to get some profit, from alcohol as well.

Nevertheless, when they get their profit, our country and our society loses finances. One of the researches has shown that the state pays three times more to treat a person from alcohol, than the actual profit the shops get from selling alcohol”, explains Sergei Krasutsky, representative of society security department of the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Belarus.

“We are not talking about the “dry law”, but the situation in the country with alcoholism certainly needs improving”.

According to the previous draft decree in 2016, selling alcohol was prohibited from 10 p.m. till 9 a.m., and shops with an area with more than 400 square meters had to sell alcoholic drinks in special department. Nevertheless, the decree hasn’t been adopted yet.

About 164.500 alcoholics have officially been registered in Belarus since August 1, 2017, about 35 thousand of them live in Minsk. 

Belarus alarmed by counterfeit alcohol flooding domestic market
Belarus President signs decree on moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by individuals