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Government proposes shortening licensing hours. Drinking-time to be cut by one hour should law be changed. The government says that alcohol-related violence is a problem in Norway, costing both those who are victims of attack and society a considerable amount each year. They also claim that most injuries occur in the last hour of serving-time. Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Care Services will shortly be sending out a proposal to modify the current licensing laws in an effort to reduce this. Medical attention At present, alcohol can be served until 3 a.m. The proposal, should it become law, will reduce serving-time by one hour. Both Bjarne Håkon Hanssen the Minister of Health and Care Services, and the Justice Minister Knut Storberget support this.

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Government proposes shortening licensing hours

Published on Friday, 5th June, 2009 at 00:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Drinking-time to be cut by one hour should law be changed.

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The government says that alcohol-related violence is a problem in Norway, costing both those who are victims of attack and society a considerable amount each year. They also claim that most injuries occur in the last hour of serving-time. Therefore, the Ministry of Health and Care Services will shortly be sending out a proposal to modify the current licensing laws in an effort to reduce this.

Medical attention

At present, alcohol can be served until 3 a.m. The proposal, should it become law, will reduce serving-time by one hour. Both Bjarne Håkon Hanssen the Minister of Health and Care Services, and the Justice Minister Knut Storberget support this.

“We know that limited availability, including reduced serving-times, are amongst the most important measures that prevent injuries due to alcohol effectively. We also know that a considerable number of people who visit the casualty clinic after episodes that have involved violence are under the influence of alcohol” says Hanssen.

“By reducing drinking-time, more people will wake up in their own bed on Sunday morning, rather than in hospital or a bare cell” Storberget says.

Prevention

There is also a shortage of both police officers and healthcare personnel in Norway. Storberget goes on to say that fewer alcohol-related incidents will mean that both police and medical staff will be free to concentrate on their other duties. In turn, this will allow the government can implement its strategy of prevention in several areas of society.

“As well as our commitment to increasing both the number of police officers – with a record number being admitted to the police academy – and creating 460 new civil positions using the emergency financial package, we must also think about prevention.”

Facts

The present law forbids serving drinks that have an alcohol content of less than 22% between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. Those that contain 22% and above may not be served between 3 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Ministry of Health and Care Services will be sending out the proposal in the course of the summer, and the deadline for the hearing will be three months from then.




Published on Friday, 5th June, 2009 at 00:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: alcohol, norway, norwegian, drinking, problem, violence, justice, minister, knut, storberget, health, care, services, ministry, bjarne, haakon, hanssen.





  
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