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38 Contemp. Drug Probs. 489 (2011)
Harm Caused by Different Beverage Types - A Recurring Question

handle is hein.journals/condp38 and id is 497 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems 38/Winter 2011

Harm caused by different
beverage types-A recurring
This publication is one of two thematic journal issues pro-
duced by the project Trouble per liter-The effects of policies
favoring lighter beverages. The project's origins date back to
March 2007, when Nordic and Russian alcohol researchers
met up for a research-based alcohol policy conference in
Moscow. During the meeting it became evident that, from a
Russian point of view, the historic Nordic drinking trend away
from a domination of distilled spirits towards a more mixed
pattern, with beer playing a major role, could be interpreted as
a successful result of a long-term alcohol policy strategy. Had
a conscious steering of the overall consumption towards a
preference of lighter-alcohol-content products indeed led to
a more moderate and less harmful consumption style in the
Nordic countries? The Nordic researchers were struck by the
lack of evidence in this area. Could the claim of a successful
policy be proven true or false-had larger shares of lighter
beverages decreased overall rates of alcohol-related harm-
even if the effect was measured, for example, per liter of ethanol
AUTHORS' NOTE: For additional information about this article contact:
Matilda Hellman, Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues, Annankatu
29 A 23 00/00 Helsinki. E-mail: mnatilda.hellmnan@helsinki.fi
© 2011 by Federal Legal Publications, Inc.


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