A BBC correspondent accompanies a Finnish police patrol as they deal with the Friday night drunks in Helsinki…
We saw our first really drunk man at around 10pm, picked out by the headlights of the police van as it cruised slowly down the road.
He looked like an office worker in his 40s, dressed in a suit and overcoat, with a laptop bag slung over his shoulder, weaving and staggering along the pavement, narrowly avoiding obstacles like lamp posts and trees.
The two enormous policemen we were travelling with were unfazed. They see a lot of this kind of thing on their regular Friday and Saturday night patrols. So they ignored the office worker. He looked like he was on his way home to sleep it off.
Then the Biased Broadcasting Company throws in this one…
Alcohol consumption has soared in Finland following a tax cut
We’ve seen sales of spirits drop this year, and alcohol consumption has dropped, then it was reported that the number of drink drivers have remained the same or even decreased – and the number of arrests for drunkenness have dropped significantly – and we’ve seen a nice chunk of change sitting in our wallets at the end of the month thanks to these tax breaks, considering the price of a 12-pack of beer at the supermarket has dropped in half.
Hat Tip to FinnPundit for the link!