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  • Alcohol Abuse Growing Among Brazilians / Crece consumo abusivo de álcool entre os brasileiros

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    Abusive consumption of alcohol is increasing among Brazilians, and Brazilian women are drinking more.
    That’s two of the findings from the Health Ministry’s (MS) 2008 version of the Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection from Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (Vigilãncia do Fatores de Risco e Proteção Crônicas por Inquérito Telefônico – VIGITEL), and the Ministry […]

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    WHO Takes Aim at Alcohol

    Saturday, January 24th, 2009

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board (EB), meeting in Geneva this week, gave the WHO Secretariat the green light to prepare a global strategy on alcohol consumption.
    The EB is, as the name implies, WHO’s executive arm, giving direction to the Organization between its annual governing body meetings, the World Health Assembly (WHA) held every […]

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    Lei Seca

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    In June I seriously considered blogging about Brazil’s new “Lei Seca” (“Dry Law”). [This is the nickname Brazilians gave to a new law on drinking and driving.] I would note its passage and main provisions*, mention that I warned last year Brazil intended to do something about this issue, and express my […]

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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil IV: Drinking-Related Problems; Policy Responses

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    At end-2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a national policy […]

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    Brazil Decides to Take on Alcohol

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week Brazilian authorities published in the official gazette the presidential decree setting out the new National Policy on Alcohol. The policy tackles not only alcohol dependency, but also social problems associated with alcohol consumption such as traffic accidents (drinking and driving) and violence. It was created by an inter-Ministerial […]

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