Alcohol: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) 2019

This figure shows the nanny state index regarding alcohol regulations in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019. Based on a maximum score out of 100, with that nation being the least free, Finland scored 73, followed by Sweden (63.5) and Lithuania (60.5). The Czech Republic received the lowest score (10.1), making it the most liberal country in the EU regarding alcohol regulations. Further breakdowns on alcohol advertising freedom can be found at the following.

Alcohol regulations: nanny state index in the European Union (EU-28) in 2019, by country*

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Release date

August 2019



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Supplementary notes

* The Nanny State Index is scored out of 100 (100 being the least free country in terms of policies and regulations). Scores are broken down as follows:
Taxation (50 points), advertising restrictions (20 points) and other (30 points).

Advertising includes TV/radio advertising, outdoor advertising and sponsorship.
Other is made up of the following:
Retail monopoly (monopoly = 5 points; no monopoly = 0 points).
Statutory closing time in the on-trade (forced closing time = 10 points; arbitrary closing time = 0 points).
Drink driving limit (average EU drunk driving limit of 0.05% blood alcohol concentration = 0 points; limit at 0.02% or lower = 5 points).
Ban on promotions (full ban = 10 points).

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