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Action plan to battle alcohol abuse in Luxembourg
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Action plan to battle alcohol abuse in Luxembourg

01.03.2012 From our online archive
For some two years a working group has been looking into creating an action plan to battle alcohol abuse in the Grand Duchy, with concrete results expected for a report in 2013, according to health minister Mars Di Bartolomeo.

(CS) For some two years a working group has been looking into creating an action plan to battle alcohol abuse in the Grand Duchy, with concrete results expected for a report in 2013, according to health minister Mars Di Bartolomeo.

At a colloquium at the Cercle Cité, experts from Europe and Canada spoke to representatives of the health department, social services, but also alcohol producers and providers.

It was revealed that some 120,000 people across Europe die of excessive alcohol consumption every year, causing the death of one in every seven men and one in every 13 women who die below the age of 65.

Luxembourg lies within the European average in regard to these statistics.

Simply raising taxes on alcohol, however, will not solve the problem, and Mr Di Bartolomeo envisions working with alcohol producers on more responsible marketing campaigns, as well as better care for alcohol patients.

However, the health minister said that the action plan was not intended to demonise alcohol, but to “inform, sensitise and mobilise,” the public to the dangers of alcohol and to encourage responsible drinking.

What measures will go into the action plan was not certain at the meeting on Wednesday, but Mr Di Bartolomeo hopes that continued efforts and consultations of campaigns abroad and meetings with local players will bring results over the next months.