SWEDEN: End of the Snoops

In the People's Home—as Swedes describe their welfare state—even drinking is government-controlled. Before a citizen may buy a bottle of liquor, he must first be investigated by the Royal Control Board. He may then get a liquor passbook entitling him, according to age and income, to from one to three quarts of hard liquor monthly. If he proves boisterous on his allotment, the vigilant board may reduce his quota, or even lift his book. An unmarried female is usually allowed only one quart of liquor every three months, and loses this ration when she marries.

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