Why Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen No Longer Drinks Alcohol

Written by Henrik Rothen

May.23 - 2024 7:32 PM CET

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The Danish Prime Minister has long chosen to abstain from getting intoxicated, prioritizing her role and responsibilities over a drink.

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Mette Frederiksen, Denmark's Prime Minister, has made a conscious decision to forgo the indulgence of alcohol, particularly when it comes to getting intoxicated.

Unlike some of her predecessors who openly enjoyed a few drinks, Frederiksen has opted for a different approach.

No More After-Work Drinks

Many Danes enjoy a beer or a glass of wine after a hard day’s work, especially on Fridays.

This is also true for politicians who, after a long week, might unwind with a drink or two.

However, for Mette Frederiksen, alcohol no longer plays a role in defining a good evening. Her decision to abstain from getting drunk dates back several years, influenced by her dedication to her role as Prime Minister.

"No, I Don’t Do That"

The roots of Frederiksen's choice trace back to an exceptionally challenging time in Danish politics and global events.

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus was rampant worldwide, severely restricting everyday life, including in Denmark. Frederiksen herself faced personal sacrifices, having to postpone her wedding and cancel her honeymoon due to widespread lockdowns.

According to Nyheder24, in a 2020 interview with the women's magazine Femina, amidst the chaos of the pandemic, Frederiksen disclosed her decision to avoid alcohol. She explained that her role as Prime Minister leaves no room for the impairment that comes with intoxication.

"You won't see me getting intoxicated. Not that I did it much before. But I wouldn't dream of getting drunk while I am Prime Minister. I could never forgive myself if I wasn't able to do my job," Frederiksen stated clearly.

She emphasized her commitment by adding, "Many ask: 'Do you completely check out sometimes?' No, I don't. I am the Prime Minister. The ultimate responsibility for this country is mine," she affirmed during the interview.

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