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Towards an evidence based alcohol policy


Ranil Abeyasinghe

Head & Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and Consultant Psychiatrist, Teaching Hospital, Peradeniya, LK
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Alcohol abuse is a major problem in Sri Lanka. Alcohol policies cannot be based on religious views, political expediency or tax revenue. Pitfalls in following policies followed in developed societies without regard to the local conditions abound. A sufficient body of evidence based knowledge exists today in the medical literature to help formulate a rational alcohol policy that suits Sri Lanka. The public and private sector agencies along with the medical profession should play an active role in formulating and enacting such a policy. The need to promote local research into alcohol related problems is also emphasized.

SL J Psychiatry 2011; 2 (1):1-2

Keywords: alcohol abuse
How to Cite: Abeyasinghe, R., 2011. Towards an evidence based alcohol policy. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry, 2(1), pp.1–2. DOI:
Published on 29 Jun 2011.
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