From Iceland — Alcohol Permitted In Nursing Homes

Alcohol Permitted In Nursing Homes

Published August 23, 2012

City council has just passed a measure that would allow the sale of beer and wine in nursing homes.
The debate over whether or not to allow alcohol to be sold in homes for the elderly has been ongoing, with Guðmundur Hallvarðsson, the managing director of Hrafnista, telling RÚV last month that he believed the time had come to allow the elderly to enjoy a glass or two of beer or wine should they so desire. Residents interviewed expressed a positive outlook on the idea.
However, the nursing home’s permission to sell alcohol was denied, albeit not because anyone believes the elderly should not be allowed to drink. Rather, the matter hinges on a legal technicality. Hrafnista is defined by law to be a residential institution; not a service institution, which could then be granted a liquor licence.
RÚV now reports that city council passed a measure allowing city nursing homes to sell beer and wine to residents. The main condition to this rule is that there cannot already be a restaurant on the grounds.

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