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Review of the Lithuanian Alcohol Control Legislation in 1990–2020

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Health Research Institute, Faculty of Public Health, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Department of Health Management, Faculty of Public Health, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition, LT-01131 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Mental Health Initiative, LT-03107 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, LT-01312 Vilnius, Lithuania
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Department of Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Public Health, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, 44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3454; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103454
Received: 31 March 2020 / Revised: 12 May 2020 / Accepted: 13 May 2020 / Published: 15 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alcohol Control Policy and Health in Europe)
Since the early 1990s, Lithuania has experienced an increasing level of alcohol consumption and a heavy burden of alcohol-related harm, which is associated with the development of alcohol policies. The aim of this analysis was to provide a chronology of change of Lithuanian alcohol control legislation and to present several other detailed examples of the political processes. The data were collected using document reviews. During the last three decades, the Lithuanian alcohol control policies have undergone several cycles of stricter control and liberalizations. Some of the limitations of the study are the exceptional focus on the public health perspective and the inclusion of policies targeting the population as a whole. The strength of the study is in providing a detailed background for future policy effectiveness studies. Some of the recent periods when a series of ‘best buy’ interventions were implemented during a short period are of particular importance, constituting a natural experiment, whose effects need to be studied in more detail in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol; alcohol policy; policy process; legislation alcohol; alcohol policy; policy process; legislation
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Miščikienė, L.; Goštautaitė Midttun, N.; Galkus, L.; Belian, G.; Petkevičienė, J.; Vaitkevičiūtė, J.; Štelemėkas, M. Review of the Lithuanian Alcohol Control Legislation in 1990–2020. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103454

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Miščikienė L, Goštautaitė Midttun N, Galkus L, Belian G, Petkevičienė J, Vaitkevičiūtė J, Štelemėkas M. Review of the Lithuanian Alcohol Control Legislation in 1990–2020. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103454

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Miščikienė, Laura, Nijolė Goštautaitė Midttun, Lukas Galkus, Gražina Belian, Janina Petkevičienė, Justina Vaitkevičiūtė, and Mindaugas Štelemėkas. 2020. "Review of the Lithuanian Alcohol Control Legislation in 1990–2020" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3454. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103454

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