I drink sensible and I believe that many other Finns also drinks alcohol responsibility. Some people doesn't drink alcohol at all. I think that politicians and other people who make decisions should also consider these people (not just people who had problems with the alcohol) when they're making alcohol laws.
Suomessa vesi on (onneksi) vielä halvempaa kuin olut, mutta silti meillä on (suhteellisen paljon) alkoholisteja...
Below you can read my speech below, if you find this subject interesting as I do. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts about current alcohol laws in Finland. :)
"Could I have your attention for a moment, please? I'd like to take this opportunity to talk to you about possibility of selling wines in supermarkets.
First of all many of the Alko shops are located right next to supermarkets. This has been done in my hometown also. If you ask me, it is pretty much the same thing if the wine is sold either in the supermarket or Alko next to supermarket.
Alko reigns over alcohol-trade in Finland. If wine would be sold also in the grocery stores that would give an oppurtunity for other Finnish alcohol companies to evolve.
Secondly many people think that because of the few people with alcohol problems everyone has to suffer. There's a lot of reasonable alcohol users in Finland who drink alcohol sensibility, even without high taxation. Current alcohol law causes a few problems for our society.
For example many Finns go to Estonia to buy cheaper alcohol. People purchased large amounts of alcohol from ships. Back home is popular to have your own alcohol drinks at party you arranged instead of using party caterers services. This cause difficulties in the restaurant industry that lose a lot of their clients because of the high price of alcohol.
Finally we must remember that in Finland people use more alcohol than for instance people in Belgium, Netherlands or Switzerland. Finland is also one of the highest alcohol - consuming countries when we think about northern countries,
Finnish alcohol consumption has increased since the 1960's. In the year 1969 new law issued a permit to sell beer in the grocery stores. This can be considered as the reason why the Finns began to drink more.
To conclude, I wish that you could also buy wine from the grocery stores. In my opinion Finnish drinking culture is still very different from for example south - Europe. But I also think that because of few people, who can't drink reasonable everyone has to suffer. In my mind wines should also be sold in grocery stores. "