The Daily Bork

March 31, 2005

Positive monopoles

Majority positive towards state alcohol monopoly
Majoritet positiv till Systembolagets monopol

Basically stated a majority(55%) are "positive" about the state monopoly on alcohol. I'm not sure what the definition of "positive" in this context is.

Apparently support is strongest among women and the older age groups. Weakest among the younger. Stronger in the cities, weaker in the less populated areas. Weakest in Stockholm and southern Sweden.

Curiously, or maybe not, stronger among high income earners and well-educated.

Myself, it is a pain in the arse not being able to buy wine in a supermarket... not least because of the jacked up prices and inconvenience.

The rationale for the monopoly is, so the story goes, to protect against alcoholism and excessive drinking. Quite frankly, based on walking round the streets, it is a dismal failure. The drunks are still drunks, kids still get plastered and your average Sven can't buy a bottle of wine and a six-pack on a weekend. Oh, and everyone who can regularly drives to Germany to load the car up with 6 months worth of drink... thus the weak support in southern Sweden.


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