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Alcohol Policy in Global Context
Alcohol policy in global context
James Nicholls
Introduction

Alcohol has been a feature of human society for millennia; however, its consumption has never been evenly spread globally (Hames, 2012; Phillips, 2014). Both consumption and production of alcohol is higher in Europe than other world regions – a reflection of the long social and cultural history of alcohol in Europe (Anderson et al., 2012: 1; World Health Organization, 2014: 29). By contrast, consumption is low in the Middle East, North Africa and areas of the developing world where alcohol plays a less important role in cultural practices, is proscribed for religious reasons or where poverty or limited availability constrains use. There have been significant recent increases in alcohol consumption in China and the ...

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