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Alcohol Deaddiction Centers Planned
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Alcohol Deaddiction Centers Planned

The Health Ministry plans to set up over 100 alcohol deaddiction clinics by the end of the current year in March 2017, said Alireza Norouzi, head of the ministry’s addiction treatment department. “The clinics seek to help a small percentage of the people who have problems of alcohol addiction,” he said, IRNA reported. The Health Ministry has been firm in addressing the issue of alcohol addiction early on as of last year. According to official figures, there are 200,000 alcoholics in Iran. Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayyari has earlier been quoted as saying that the rate of alcohol consumption in the country is as high as 420 million liters per year. In April, Iran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tehran Police had arrested 2,900 drunk drivers last year (ended March 19). Describing the figures as “alarming”, he said drunken driving had increased dramatically as per cases recorded at the judiciary.

 

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