Drinking problems rise again

  • 1999-05-20
  • By Philip Birzulis
RIGA - Just when you thought you couldn't see any more drunks staggering in the streets of Latvia, evidence shows the national hangover may be getting even heavier. Officials battling the problem say lax government policies are making too much booze available to the wrong people.Figures compiled by the State Narcology Center point to an alarming increase in numerous harmful side effects of alcohol abuse (see table below.). According to Dr. Janis Caunitis, a narcologist and compiler of the data at the center, the problems are worse again after several years of improvement.They reached epidem...
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