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New alcohol bill raises fears of increased drinking

STOCKHOLM More outlets may be permitted to serve alcohol from this summer if a new alcohol proposal becomes law in Sweden. But public health minister Maria Larsson says the goal is to decrease the consumption of alcohol.

Alcohol on EU agenda in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM An Expert Conference on Alcohol and Health was held in Stockholm in late September. The aim was to raise the alcohol issue in European Union and to intensify the long-term work with the now three years old alcohol strategy in the union.

”Perfect timing for push alcohol issue in EU”

Swedish EU-presidency is a good opportunity to push for reducing the harm caused by alcohol in Europe. It was established at an international alcohol conference in Stockholm.

Criticism against beer at McDonalds

STOCKHOLM McDonalds restaurant at Arlanda airport close to Stockholm has started to serve beer with hamburgers.

Notorious drunk drivers will be pin pointed

STOCKHOLM Notorious drunk drivers in Stockholm will be stopped. The police will pin point 62 people who have repeatedly been caught driving under the influence of alcohol, without a driver’s license or are under influence of drugs.

Less alcohol, more drugs among young Swedes

VISBY The proportion of Swedish teenagers 15-16 years old who use illicit drugs increase again. Smoking as well. However, fewer teens drink alcohol, according to new data.

Higher fees for smokers

STOCKHOLM The insurance company Skandia in Sweden has from June 1 raised fees with up to 50 per cent for new customers who are daily smokers. The winners will be Skandia’s non-smoking customers.

”Sweden unique in fighting drugs”

ÖREBRO ”The world is closely following what Sweden is doing to combat drugs. You are unique with your united action and cultural policy against abuse.“ The former U.S. drugczar Robert DuPont delivered this tribute to the Swedish drug prevention struggle at a drugs convention in May.

Less Drug free treatment in Swedish prisons?

STOCKHOLM Collaboration between the Prison and probation service, the Centre of Drug dependence in Stockholm County and the social services, will be perpetuated in Stockholm. The question is now whether the Swedish prison system now is entering an era with more medical maintenance and less drug-free care.

Expections determine the outcome of Drug Policy

VIENNA We need to see more of successful examples in fighting drugs, writes Per Johansson, Secretary general National Association for a Drug-free Society, in this report from UN session Commission on Narcotic Drugs.