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Alcohol policy in France and Sweden?

Alcohol policy in France and Sweden? Topic: English papers in france
June 16, 2019 / By Alec
Question: I am writing a poly sci paper on alcohol policy in France and Sweden, and comparing the two. I think these countries are good to compare because the policies are liberal in France and very strict in Sweden. Could anyone give me some good links on the web, books, and maybe a few pointers? Thanks!
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Talullah Talullah | 4 days ago
Alcohol policy in France is quite liberal, in Sweden they have a state monopoly Sysytembolaget for alcohol retail sales , here is an English link to their website http://www.systembolaget.se/Applikationer/Knappar/InEnglish/
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Talullah Originally Answered: As a 20 year old American, am I allowed to bring alcohol back from France on an airplane?
First your parents would not be the first to pick up your luggage. When you arrive and after passing immigration you will pick up your luggage and go to customs. They may inspect the bags. You must be 21 to bring liquor into the US. A duty free shop only means that you do not pay tax in the country where purchased. It has no effect on US customs.
Talullah Originally Answered: As a 20 year old American, am I allowed to bring alcohol back from France on an airplane?
nope. If you do buy it, you need to claim it on the customs form you have to fill out upon returning to this country. Granted, you can always not claim it, pack it deeply in your bag (not your carry on, since you can't travel with more than 3 oz bottles of liquid) and hope for the best. I don't recomend that one though. I flew in from Paris to Toronto Canada, had no problems there since the drinking age is 19 (I was 20) but was nervous when I had to go through American customs in Niagara Falls. I made it through, but we even more nervous for my friend who had bought fireworks (not a smart idea eather). Again, if you don't claim the wine, (and your parents are the first to pick up the luggage) you still run the risk of customs opening your bag and then you are in trouble....well, worst case senario is they take it away and you can claim ignorant ("oh, I didn't know since I was legal when I bought it and it is a gift for my parents anyway") It is just an overall risky thing to do, but good luck and have fun in France!
Talullah Originally Answered: As a 20 year old American, am I allowed to bring alcohol back from France on an airplane?
Most states do not allow minors to possess alcohol I put a link below, although when I was 18 years old I brought wine back from France and did not have any issue in customs.

Retha Retha
Wikipedia... but I think I've read some where that in Sweden the Government sells the drinks... or in another Nordic Country... =/ in France it's 16 to drink, and 18 for harder drinks... I don't know about Sweden... but I'd say the same as here in Spain the laws are about the same, I think their E.U Standad rules ?? Wikipedia... and searching on the internet will help you
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Retha Originally Answered: How come consumption of alcohol is rampant and legal in Thailand if Buddhism prohibits alcohol?
The consumption of alcohol is not literally 'prohibited' in the Buddhist training precepts as there is no such thing as 'commandments' or 'law' to control Buddhists or bind them in their actions. The training precepts serve as a mere guide for their daily life whereby a person may follow or not, and does not make one a lesser Buddhist if he or she is not able to follow or observe it accordingly. The consumption of alcohol belongs to the 5th precept (Sura-meraya-majjha pamadhatana -all kinds of intoxicants, which arguably some will consider cigarettes too and inclusive of drugs). A Buddhist is not forced to give up consumption or being prohibited because each and every actions should be clear that a consequence will follow (in other words, one must comprehend the doctrine of cause and effects, which there is no esoteric or secrets and results can be seen and experienced at first hand) eg., consumption of alcohol actually brings many negative results towards the bodily functions and a person will lose control over his/her senses as a result of consumption. This will follow by more serious disorders should one be indulgent/dependent on it. Anyway, back to the question... With regards to the legalisation of alcohol, it goes back to the practice of 'moderation' or 'Middle path' in Buddhistic values whereby nobody should be on the extreme in practices even towards the Buddhist approaches. Some things may be practical and some may not. As per discussion here, is the consumption of alcohol. As many would know, the sweetest fruit is the forbidden fruit. Should Thailand ban the sale of alcohol, the sale of illegal alcohol will be on the rise and lead to another social problem instead. Hence, moderation here refers to giving everybody a chance to decide on their choice to consume or not. It is rampant and legal due to the alcohol culture especially among Thai men, regardless of what their religions are and due to the fact that alcohol is one of the major contributor to the country's economy (both consumption by locals and tourists). Many of them simply disregards the Buddhist precepts in abstinence with excuses and for the fact that no penalties are given to deter alcohol consumption. Most recent campaigns by the Buddhist clergy and government on anti-alcoholism has been proven positive with a majority support being given by different religious parties in striving towards an alcohol-free society. Public commercials on alcoholic beverages had been reduced (though some says that it was supposed to be banned?) drastically since the implementation of this campaign. I have made my answer here as short as possible and hope that my points are being considered in order to understand better the reasons why it is never a Buddhist problem but rather a social problem on the consumption of alcohol. Here are some links to help you understand better: http://www.purifymind.com/BuddhismAlcohol.htm http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=00000000001,00000000907,0,0,1,0 http://www.hawaii.edu/hivandaids/Religious_Beliefs_And_Practice,_And_Alcohol_Use_In_Thai_Men.pdf Hope this helps and good luck. Good effort and this is indeed a very supportive and positive question.
Retha Originally Answered: How come consumption of alcohol is rampant and legal in Thailand if Buddhism prohibits alcohol?
1st not everyone in Thailand is Buddhist and their is freedom of religion there unlike most muslim dominated countries. 2nd, one of Thailands largest industries is tourism. Want to kill off tourism really fast, make alcohol illegal. 3rd the king doesn't have absolute power in Thailand. Technically the King has no power in Thailand besides the duties of a figurehead, but the vast majority have so much respect for him and his family that they do basically whatever he says. Thailand is a Constitutional Monarchy and as such has a parliment and a prime minister with a goverment and economic structure similar to european nations which allows for basic personal rights regardless of the religion of the majority.

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