New agency set up to tackle alcoholism in Lithuania

With the extent of alcoholism and the damage done by intoxicated persons failing to decrease in Lithuania the government is launching a new initiative in alcohol prevention by establishing the National Public Health Promotion Foundation.

The foundation will work more intensively with people dependent on alcohol, treat them and supply them with needed medicines. The initial objective in the first few years is to significantly reduce alcohol sales outlets, ban advertising and pay more attention to children‘s education on alcohol. The government is targeting a qualitative rather than quantitative approach towards the problem.

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