On August 12 the president said that measures taken so far to curb alcohol abuse and other addictions in the country had been insufficient, and ordered the government to develop new rules for the sale of alcohol.
The proposals include tougher sanctions against retailers who break alcohol sale laws, which may lead to criminal proceedings against repeat violators.
The law will also enable regional authorities to introduce restrictions on the times, conditions and locations of alcohol sales.
The measures also include a ban on selling low-alcoholic drinks in containers of more than 330 ml. . . . . . .