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Teetotaling Swedes toast national sobriety day

TT/The Local/gm · 2 Jun 2011, 09:04

Published: 02 Jun 2011 09:04 GMT+02:00

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Today, for the 86th time, marks the National Sobriety Day in Sweden. The tradition, which dates back to the 1930s is an attempt to highlight the dangers of alcohol, particularly in developing countries.

Each year, the event is organised by IOGT-NTO Movement, with an annual theme. For 2011, it is "Big and small" which will highlight the need for more sober meeting places for people of all ages.

“We need more alcohol-free places and times where both children and adults can hang out together, without alcohol acting as a barrier," Kjell-Ove Oscarsson, the organisation's Deputy Federal Chairman said in a statement.

The IOGT-NTO Movement carries out development projects with partners in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine and Belarus.

It also provides information in local clubs, organizations, networks and schools, primarily to highlight the dangers of alcohol as an obstacle to development.

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Quoting World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics that alcohol accounts for 3.2% of deaths globally, the movement’s mission is to encourage and support organisations which are trying to decrease the use of alcohol and other drugs in developing countries.

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11:45 June 2, 2011 by calebian22
"....without alcohol acting as a barrier,"

Without alcohol, social barriers are next to impossible to overcome in Sweden. What a joke.
12:00 June 2, 2011 by Keith #5083
I have absolutely no objection to alcohol...as long as you are the one that's drinking it and you don't attempt to cover your inadequacy by trying to embarrass me into drinking it!

I get so tired of 'drinkers' being 'offended' when I say I don't want to drink alcohol. They have that 'little boy you stole my candy' looks on their faces!
13:11 June 2, 2011 by Swedesmith
More for me.
13:23 June 2, 2011 by RationalG.
Comment removed by The Local for breach of our terms.
15:11 June 2, 2011 by lux.veritas
I love the Swedish countryside, and there is a distantly dim spark, so curiously guarded by natural Swedes within their character, held as if hidden by a silent forest. It is as if they were captivated, not by their uniquely long brightly lit days, for oh such a short while, but by the winter twilights.

I shall not speak of the faux democracies of the monopolies on liquor or the rest, for we know that which we should know, and definitely by now.

These northern places are rife with the seafaring mind that yearns for exotic places and climes; where the alcohol is merely a bonus than a means to an end. Though it does appear that amongst the coldest and most northern places; it is only by an altered state the dim spark of humanity becomes a bright intoxicating flame, if only for a short spell.

And so finally, Sweden is not Sweden, it is the people that ultimately make Sweden. Let's make Sweden into what it should be, free from our imaginary collars, with the tall, the short, the stout, the thin, the blond and the brown. All those that share similar sentiment are not all necessarily native Swedes. Peace and true freedom to all, free of faux democracy and injustice.

Addendum: this literary and impassioned offering was possible thanks to a couple of Andalucía fortified wines and a cold beer.

Addendum for belligerent and intolerant non consumers of any altered state substance; your rot is self-consuming not pervasive. Try meditation, herbs or shrooms. They will expand your mind to ignore the fool such as I, who has consumed two drinks to many and has teases absently. Peace T tomslfjsldfjlsd.
18:33 June 2, 2011 by Beavis
what a boring shower of tossers!
20:29 June 2, 2011 by Keith #5083
#5 lux.veritas

Oh that I might aspire to the Absolut ambience of anecdotes so profusely proffered by your prose.

Alas, I lack the dopamine distractions - Swedesmith got mine!
01:17 June 3, 2011 by Tdye
five day long break from work? yall have a holiday or something?
07:48 June 3, 2011 by Keith #5083

it's called 'comfortable capitalism'. Available for export to the USA at special discount rates...discount Palin, McCain, Trump!
09:07 June 3, 2011 by Rick Methven
When I read this yesterday, I thought I might abstain for a day, but then forgot

Must be the booze or something...
14:24 June 4, 2011 by Marc the Texan
I don't read the Local without drink in hand. I need something to steady me when reading about the Social Democrats. Calvados at the moment. Yes I get started early. This may be apparent if you read some of my comments.
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