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Updated: Anti-alcohol head advocates hiding supermarket beer. The head of a local teetotaller’s organisation wants to fight supermarket shoppers’ temptation by concealing beer. Edvin Hurlen, head of the Porsgrunn branch of Arbeiderbevegelsens Rus- og Sosialpolitisk Forbund, an organisation that claims does not promote complete alcohol abstention but a sober lifestyle, believes this will be as unproblematic as it has been with tobacco products. “It seems to have worked well. There were many protests before [they were concealed in a cabinet], but things have appeared to have calmed down. Tobacco has become something separate from the regular food business, and we hope the same will be true with beer. It is a drug, and should be treated as one,” he tells NRK.

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Updated: Anti-alcohol head advocates hiding supermarket beer

Published on Tuesday, 15th February, 2011 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 16th February 2011 at 09:37.

The head of a local teetotaller’s organisation wants to fight supermarket shoppers’ temptation by concealing beer.

Beer in fridge (illustration photo)
Beer in fridge (illustration photo)
Photo: cyclonebill/Flickr


Edvin Hurlen, head of the Porsgrunn branch of Arbeiderbevegelsens Rus- og Sosialpolitisk Forbund, an organisation that claims does not promote complete alcohol abstention but a sober lifestyle, believes this will be as unproblematic as it has been with tobacco products.

“It seems to have worked well. There were many protests before [they were concealed in a cabinet], but things have appeared to have calmed down. Tobacco has become something separate from the regular food business, and we hope the same will be true with beer. It is a drug, and should be treated as one,” he tells NRK.

His suggestion has won support from a recovering alcoholic, and a psychologist.

“You are sometimes faced with a mountain of beer when coming to buy milk and bread. It’s obvious that one is tempted into impulse buying,” says psychologist Ingjerd Meen Lorvik, with long experience of treating drug addicts.

Local Rema 1000 supermarket owner Pål Huseby Larsen is not convinced, claiming it would be complicated, expensive, and make little difference.

“I believe sales would be quite stable if we compare it to what happened when we covered tobacco up a year ago. There has not been a marked change. I think the proposal seems poorly conceived,” he says.

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Published on Tuesday, 15th February, 2011 at 10:17 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 16th February 2011 at 09:37.

This post has the following tags: supermarketbeer, norwegianalcohollaws, alcoholic.





  
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