Alcohol Stronger than Iran’s Ban

A surge of alcohol poisonings in Iran reveal that the county’s criminalization of alcohol for Muslim citizens— about 99% of the population—is insufficient.
Overall, alcohol consumption in Iran is lower than in non-Muslim majority countries, but bootleg alcohol is common. And the burden of alcohol-fueled injuries and harm should no longer be overlooked, urge a group of authors led by Mostafa Shokoohi of Iran’s Kerman University of Medical Sciences.
Iran, they say, should borrow lessons from its forward-thinking harm reduction approach to illegal drugs in the 2000s—which enabled Iran to reduce HIV among people who inject drugs.

The Lancet Public Health (comment)

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