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PiS Prepare Draft Bill For Restricting Alcohol Sales

The Polish Governnment are preparing legislation that would allow local authorities to restrict the sale of alcohol to between 10pm and 6am, as well as the number of off-licences in a particular area.

The legislation will also seek to toughen the laws on drinking in public.

If the proposed legislation is passed, Wrocław City Council would have the power to restrict the amount of shops with an alcohol licence. They could also force all shops with a licence to stop selling alcohol between 10pm and 6am.

Wrocław City Council have previously considered deploying such restrictions themselves, however their plans never came to fruition. Should the new proposals become law, it would make it easy for the council to implement the restrictions this time round. 

The plans have nonetheless been branded as ineffective by sociologist Dr. Jaroslaw Kulbat, who claims they will do little to nothing to change the culture of drinking in Poland.

Speaking in an interview with Gazeta Wrocławska, Kulbat expressed the opnion that "drinking culture is dependent on one's wallet" and that  "no resolutions or administrative decisions will change it". 

When asked whether the legislation could help to facilitate a more 'French' like drinking culture, Kulbat simply replied "You can not make us Frenchmen in a few days. It is a long process that requires a lot of educational programs geared to new patterns of alcohol consumption. Limiting the number of stores that buy and sell vodka and wine will do nothing".

Gregor Gowans

The founder and editor of Wroclaw Uncut, Gregor has been running the website since its inception in 2012. A Wroclawian for almost 10 years, Gregor writes on a wide variety of topics including, food & drink, nightlife, local news and politics. He is also a regular guest on Radio Ram's Sunday lunch programme.

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