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Actis: New alcohol strategy has disappointingly few measures

“Actis has  long called for a holistic view of alcohol policy. Now the strategy is finally here, but we are disappointed with the content,” wrote Actis.no today.

On March 11, the national alcohol strategy was finally presented by the government. The strategy will follow up the government’s goal of reducing harmful alcohol consumption by 10 per cent by 2025.    

“The strategy is too weak. It contains a lot of studies, processes and encouragements, but no concrete measures that contribute to achieving the goal of reducing consumption. It’s disappointing. We had expected more from KrF in government,” says Actis’s Secretary-General Pernille Huseby. 

When the strategy was under consultation, Actis advocated, among other things, adjusting alcohol taxes according to wage and price growth, reducing the national maximum time for serving to 02.00 AM, as well as better protection of Vinmonopolet. 

In the strategy, the government writes that they will “continue the main lines of alcohol policy”. In addition, they will “propose to introduce requirements for warning labelling on alcoholic beverages” and “start a process to propose national requirements for content labelling”. The Storting passed both proposals in 2018. 

“Actis has worked for the labelling of alcohol, and we were delighted when there was a majority for this three years ago. That the government will now “start a process” to propose content labelling is a dilution of the Storting’s decision,” Huseby states. 

The strategy also contains several good points, especially about treatment, including: 

  • Increase GPs’ knowledge of alcohol problems and the importance of identifying such issues and developing tools to deal with them. 
  • Further develop interdisciplinary and outreach FACT youth team. 
  • Ensure permanent local services within mental health care and specialiced treatment services in all prisons. 
  • That young people who have been treated for alcohol poisoning or other poisonings in a hospital or emergency room are offered a consultation and further follow-up with qualified personnel.  
  • Work to ensure that all children, regardless of their parents’ social and financial situation, have the opportunity to participate regularly in at least one organized leisure activity with others.

Source: Actis