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Alcohol policy regulation in Europe

European states have a high degree of autonomy when it comes to designing their national alcohol policy. The measures that countries deploy to counter the negative impact of alcohol use, such as setting drink-driving limits, banning or restricting alcohol advertising, setting the legal age to purchase alcohol, opening hours and licensing laws, are many and differ widely from one country to another.

This database aims to provide an overview of alcohol policy regulation in selected European countries and to enable cross-country comparisons. It features only those measures drawn from the national legislation. By clicking on a country, a list of its alcohol regulations will appear. Clicking on a specific indicator makes it possible to compare regulations across countries. An explanatory text appears when the mouse is moved over the selected indicator.

As of January 1, 2016
(Denmark, Ireland, Italy and Spain: as of January 1, 2015)

There is a separate database for the regulations in force in Swiss cantons (in German and French):
Alcohol prevention in Swiss cantons: state of play

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