”Today, Sweden is far from being the most drunken country in Europe. The World Health Organization consistently ranks Sweden’s alcohol consumption favorably compared to other developed countries, including the United States and United Kingdom.”
It hasn't always been like this. Swedes thirst for alcohol once was so considerable that there wasn’t enough of it to produce gunpowder. That was the reason the first ban on distillation for other purposes than gunpowder production was imposed in the 15 century.
The Local has an article on the history of the Swedish alcohol monopoly and Swedes complicated relation with alcohol. It’s an interesting read.
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