25 May 2013

Turkey cracks down on sale and advertising of alcohol

6:00 pm on 25 May 2013

The Turkish parliament has voted to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol.

The ruling AK party says a new law passed on Friday will protect the population, particularly young people, from the harmful effects of alcohol.

The law bans the sale of alcoholic drinks between 10pm and 6am and bans producers from sponsoring events.

Alcohol sales will also be prohibited within 100 metres of mosques and schools

Images of alcoholic drinks will have to be blurred on television - something that is already done for cigarettes.

The BBC reports there will also be stricter penalties for drink-driving.