Iceland: Alcohol bill “bad for child welfare”

Freer access to alcohol would be damaging to child welfare and therefore counter to the Icelandic constitution, says the country’s official Ombudsman for Children, Iceland Monitor reports.

The official comments are in response to a parliamentary bill currently in the system proposing the abolition of the State’s monopoly on sales of alcohol and extending the right to sell alcohol to all retail outlets.

“Many studies have shown that freer access to alcohol increases consumption, which in turn has significant negative consequences for children, their families, and society as a whole,” reads the Ombudsman’s official feedback on the bill.

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