Lithuanian minister calls for improving alcohol control system

Juras Pozela, Lithuania’s new minister of health, on Monday suggested introducing more effective control of existing alcohol control policies.

This signals a different direction from previous governmental plans to introduce mandatory treatment for alcohol dependent persons.

“As a minister, I am skeptical about mandatory treatment of alcoholism,” Pozela was quoted as saying by ELTA news agency, “We should work on improving the existing system.”

Pozela called for ensuring anonymity of persons who address governmental health-care institutions due to alcohol abuse.

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