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ALCOHOL and DRUG REPORT
Norway - Changes in media coverage
It is difficult to assess changes in the media coverage of alcohol. On the one hand there is considerable attention to alcohol related harm, perhaps specifically the issue of harm to families and children. On the other, several media outlets focus extensively on wine journalism, reviews of alcoholic drinks etc.
Alcohol policy issues are frequently debated in Norway, and newspaper commentators often support restrictive policies. A recent case where a Norwegian elite skier was arrested for drink driving showed massive support for strict regulations across Norwegian media. In early 2015, several political parties discussed abolishing the tax free system for travellers, and most major newspapers came out in support of the proposal.
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