The general ban on drinking alcohol in public places was lifted in Estonia on Tuesday

This amendment will leave the door wide open for drinking in public, journalist Britt Rosenberg writes in the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht:

The law legalising drinking in public places was celebrated from the moment it came into effect. In the tram a rather drunken man sat down beside me, holding a dirty wine bottle in his hand .

… To be clear: the new law does not allow the consumption of alcoholic beverages in all public spaces – and certainly not on the public transport system. But once a restriction has been eased, public acceptance of such behaviour follows suit. Soon schnapps lovers will be claiming their ‘right’ to drink in schoolyards and playgrounds