With excise duty on alcoholic beverages due to increase in Lithuania from March 1, nearly 1 in 5 of the country's residents intend to buy less alcohol and nearly half will not change their drinking habits, shows a poll published on delfi.lt news portal on Monday.
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Asked to specify how the higher alcohol prices will affect their alcohol buying behavior, 47.8 percent of respondents said higher prices will not have any impact upon their habits – they would buy just as much alcohol as they did before.

Meanwhile, 17.7 percent of those polled said they would buy less alcohol and over 15 percent said they would search for cheaper alternatives or places to buy it cheaper illegally, according to the poll of 1,010 respondents carried out by Spinter Tyrimai (Spinter Surveys) company.

Some 42.6 percent of respondents said they support the ruling coalition's plans of selling alcohol in specialized stores only, while 51.2 percent said they were against the scheme.

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