Police authorities have published new police guidelines for tackling alcohol dependency in the force, ordering officers not to consume alcohol up to 10 hours before service, banning them from buying alcohol in uniform, and pushing them to report officers that are drunk at work.
Compulsory treatment for alcoholism may begin as June of this year, if the laws prepare by the Ministry of Health are approved by the Seimas in its spring session. The drafting of these laws was prompted in part by tragic events in Lithuania, including the tragedies in Kražiai and Kėdainiai.
The ban on selling alcohol in petrol stations, which came into effect on January 1, is just a "small step" in the effort against alcoholism, says Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius. He adds that the government will take more measures to cut the use of alcohol.