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Fri, 11 Nov, 2016 12:08:33 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Nov 11
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Many organisations fighting child abuse are working to stop the process of a new legislation on alcohol. 
According to the organisations, the proposal would increase the damage caused by alcohol to families, but also to children and young people.
Of particular concern is the fact that the bill would allow grocery stores to sell alcopops.
At worse, the law would endanger, according to the organisations, the progress made in preventing the use of alcohol by young people.
One of the planned reforms in the legislative package would be that alcoholic beverages sold in grocery stores could have an increased maximum strength, from the current 4.7% to 5.5%.
The organisations were originally supportive of the proposal by Family and Social Services Minister Juha Rehula, because the proposal takes into account public health as well as the wishes of businesses. 
Now, however, the government-appointed committee’s proposal on alcohol focuses only on increasing the availability of alcohol, while reducing consumption controls, the organisations argue.
“It is foreseeable that these decisions will exact a heavy price through intoxication, isolation and violence in close relationships,” said Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters Secretary General Riitta Särkelä.
The petitioners include, among others, the Central Union for Child Welfare and the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare.
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