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Iceland: Mount­ing op­po­si­tion to new al­co­hol rules

The Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion of Doc­tors is strongly op­posed to the par­lia­men­tary bill call­ing for the au­tho­ri­sa­tion of al­co­hol in re­tail out­lets. Ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion, all rel­e­vant re­search shows that eas­ier ac­cess to al­co­hol leads to greater al­co­hol con­sump­tion and re­lated prob­lems, reports

“There are no sen­si­ble ar­gu­ments for chang­ing how al­co­hol is cur­rently sold, i.e. in ded­i­cated al­co­hol out­lets. The own­er­ship of such out­lets is an is­sue to be specif­i­cally looked into, but chang­ing own­er­ship need not en­tail also au­tho­ris­ing the sale of al­co­hol in food stores,” reads the of­fi­cial re­sponse of the Ice­landic As­so­ci­a­tion of Doc­tors to the con­tro­ver­sial al­co­hol bill.

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