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Nordic Ministers will fight high alcohol consumption


Agreement was reached to work more closely together on alcohol policy at a meeting of the Nordic Ministers of Health and Social Affairs in Copenhagen on 18 October. The Ministers from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland decided to adopt a joint strategy to influence other international organisations, such as the WHO and the EU.

The central message is that alcohol should be perceived as a special commodity due to the social- and health related effects of high consumption. Former Director-General of the WHO and former Norwegian Prime Minister, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, has supported the initiative, saying that alcohol is one of three major health determinants in Europe, alongside with tobacco and sugar.

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