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Friday 1 March 2013 Letters
Harm reduction and freedom
How to control drugs and alcohol.

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Letters responding to: Our society is hooked on harm reduction, by Dr Michael Fitzpatrick

I couldn’t agree with you more about the importance of JS Mill and the use of culture (the ‘social climate’) to control drugs and alcohol. Historically, one of the reasons for the difference between the Anglo-Saxon binge culture and the civilised Gallic management of alcohol is their differing social climates and methods of introducing alcohol to youth. This indicates a possible remedy for alcohol and drugs: all should be legalised but none should be advertised nor promoted.

A system of licensed premises within which purchase (and advertising by way of catalogues or menus) and consumption may take place (in addition to the privacy of one’s own home) would largely remove the social pressure induced by advertising and celebs.

John Marks, Austria


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