Alcohol sales down in Lithuania but too early for conclusions on consumption

Excise duty results published by the Lithuanian State Tax Inspectorate signal a decline in alcohol sales and possibly consumption, however, experts say that the information is insufficient for credible conclusions, as they do not cover the impact of illicit alcohol and alcohol purchased abroad.
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