Lithuania to raise legal drinking age, shorten alcohol selling hours

Legal drinking age would be increased to 20 years-old in Lithuania and further alcohol selling hours restrictions would be introduced, the country’s parliament (Seimas) agreed on Thursday.

The parliament passed amendments to the Law on Alcohol Control, which provides the raise of minimum allowed drinking age from the current 18 to 20, and restricting alcohol selling hours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The parliament also approved a total ban on alcohol advertizing.

However, this is not the final decision as the final voting will take place at the parliament next week. After the final vote, the law will have to be approved by the President Dalia Grybauskaite who also has a veto right.

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