Tomas Rudin, one of the Social Democrats four top councillors. Archive photo: Helen Ling/Sveriges radio

Stockholm politician on sick leave due to alcohol problem

A leading Stockholm opposition politician has admitted to taking a bottle of whiskey from an alcohol store without paying for it, reports news agency TT.

A security officer is reported to have seen the Social Democratic politician, Tomas Rudin, tucking a bottle of whiskey worth SEK 500 under his jacket, before buying two bottles of alcohol-free wine.

At first, Rudin told media he was stressed and forgot to pay for the bottle, however, later in the day, he told news agency TT that he has an alcohol problem, and that is why he hid the whiskey bottle.

"I'm so terribly ashamed of my alcoholism - it's hard to say the word," he said. Rudin added that he has gotten a lot of support from his colleagues, but that he cannot answer the question of whether he will be able to carry on in politics. That will be up to the party to decide, he said.

He plans to go on sick leave and seek help, according to TT.

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