Interesting update on my previous thoughts about state monopolies on the sale of alcohol.
There was a report commissioned in Sweden on relaxing these laws whose results were reported in just-drinks recently, entitled; “End Systembolaget control, more drinkers will die – study” (here is the link, but I think it may be subscriber only)
“A report by the country’s National Institute of Public Health warned yesterday (28 August) that alcohol consumption would rise by 14% if sales were allowed only in privately licensed speciality stores, and by 29% if sales were permitted across the country’s grocery channel.
The institute warned in the report that “With grocery stores, the estimated additional annual toll would be 1,580 deaths, 14,200 assaults and 16.1m days of sick leave, a 40% increase”“
Not scaremongering then!
It just so happens that it makes loads of money for the state and, as with any bureaucracy, would resist the change.
Time is a factor. I will continue to monitor this, but this does not look like much of a major change from the background levels, certainly not over time.
Of course mentioning this skews the stats, so no reference to the viral marketing campaign nor to the originating site, but you can follow the link here and read the previous views here if this rings any bells.
I have done research and analysis, but not for some time, but these graphs would seem to support my view that although there has been an undoubted spike recently, it has not lasted nor did it have the lasting effect of the first campaign. I have also searched on both potential versions of the retailer’s name as it has an impact on the results (as you can see).
Over 2 months
Over 6 months
As I committed myself to be a nay-sayer from the start, I am monitoring this with interest, but would be very interested to know more about the impact on sales (as opposed to mere “mentions”). I wonder if we’ll ever get these?