Members of Parliament, where to sell is more important than the size of spoons and buckets
One in two adult men is addicted to alcohol. This is what the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, Kh. Nyambaatar, said in the Parliament.
“According to a study by the World Health Organization, the amount of alcohol per capita is 6.2 liters, and if this figure exceeds 8 liters, the nation is considered to be in danger. However, in 2019, 8.5 liters of alcohol, wine and 28.5 liters of beer per person over the age of 18 in our country exceeded the dangerous level or was poor. “Most of the crimes in Mongolia today are caused by alcohol.”
The draft law on controlling the circulation of alcohol and combating alcoholism should be regulated by law, as the per capita consumption of alcohol is too high and close to the “record” and the number of crimes is constantly increasing. and the Parliament has begun deliberations on the bills submitted together.
Women MPs in the previous parliament attached great importance to the bill. He stressed that alcohol should not be sold like bread. In particular, it was decided to stop the sale of alcohol in grocery stores and to ban the sale of all types of alcohol with a hardness above 18 degrees, except for beer and wine, in eight stores.
LET ALCOHOL BE SOLD ONLY IN SPECIAL STORES
It was believed that the culture of alcohol consumption could be instilled by stopping the sale of vodka next to bread in the entrance and street shops. Not only should children be taught from an early age that alcohol is not the same as bread, but today’s adults should not be allowed to buy hard alcohol anywhere.
We need a draft law. It is important to strengthen the legal environment and streamline regulations in cases where alcohol consumption, related cases and violations are high. According to statistics, in 2019, 31,524 crimes were registered, of which 4,371 were committed under the influence of alcohol, while 111,076 people were cured of alcohol abuse that year. In other words, more than 300 people a day are “served” in sanatoriums.
However, the provisions of the well-intentioned draft law that is being discussed at this session are not going to come to fruition. B.Purevdorj, member, why not protest against the ban on selling vodka in bottles and sit with a bucket and a spoon?
The draft law has a total of 7 chapters and 44 articles, and includes the production, export, import, trade, service, consumption, and fight against alcoholism.
However, excessive prohibitions prevailed over proper restraints and modifications. There are still fears that excessive bans on sales, dates and times will increase the use of psychotropic substances and that illegal trade will flourish.
During the first discussion of the bill, members proposed to add a ban on the sale of alcohol on weekends.
DRAFT LAWS HAVE MANY PROHIBITED PROVISIONS
Permits for the sale and service of alcohol are issued between 11:00 and 22:00, and from 14:00 to 04:00. However, members suggested that time limits be set.
It is proposed to reduce the number or location of points. To reduce the location, as mentioned above, it is advisable to prohibit the sale of high-grade alcohol, such as vodka and whiskey, in grocery stores.
In addition, as stated by the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, one of the provisions that cannot be implemented is the provision that alcohol is allowed to be consumed but not sold in bottles. The idea of the Minister of Justice and Home Affairs that it is very helpful in spreading culture does not seem to be effective.