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Anti-alcohol plan shelved

THE GOVERNMENT has put off a national programme to fight alcoholism, which in the words of the plan's authors affects five per cent of Slovaks while another 30 per cent are "hazardous drinkers".

Once funding for the plan is approved, it will be debated again at a cabinet session in August. National alcohol consumption in Slovakia sits at eight litres of pure alcohol a year, compared to the two litres the World Health Organisation regards as the maximum healthy amount.

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