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Chavez calls time on whisky boom

Published:  23 July, 2008

VENEZUELA: President slaps a limit on the amount of luxury goods Venezuelans can import

President Hugo Chavez singled out the high consumption of whisky as an example of the way consumerism was harming society.

In 2006, Venezuelans drank 106m bottles of Scotch whisky - almost four per person, and nearly 10% of UK exports.

Speaking on his weekly television and radio show, Chavez said he would limit the amount of dollars available to importers, who have to apply to the Government to change local currency at official rates.

The move is likely to anger his whisky-drinking opponents.