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The National Policy and Strategic Framework to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol (2013-2018)

Royal Government of Bhutan Country Resources Substance Abuse Strategies and Plans Bhutan March 2013 Policy document prevention, substance use

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Alcohol use is deeply rooted in the Bhutanese tradition and culture. For instance, offering of marching to begin an important task, or welcoming a guest at home begins with an offer of an alcoholic drink. Excessive use of alcohol can result in serious health problems; affect interpersonal relationships, increase violence, accidents and road crashes. Alcohol use also has adverse socio-economic consequences due to loss of productivity due to premature deaths and disabilities. Alcohol related harms pose a significant public health problem in Bhutan. In order to reduce the harms related to alcohol, the regulations and policies in existence must be diligently enforced through forging partnerships among multi-sector agencies and communities to ensure a sustained response to alcohol harm reduction.

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