Poland: Sobering Strategy

It might be said that next to freedom, there is nothing a Pole cherishes as much as his vodka. However, alcohol abuse has become one of the country's most serious problems. According to estimates by the Roman Catholic Church, 3 million Poles are drunk on any given day. A worried church and the outlawed Solidarity trade union have joined forces to revive a two-year-old campaign urging Poles to give up their excessive liquor consumption, at least for the month of August.

.The reasons for the vodka boycott are political as well as spiritual. Underground opposition leaders have accused the government...

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