Cities brainstorm on how to calm rowdy revelers Tuesday, 19 February, 2013 Swiss cities think they have a drinking problem, or at least a problem with the by-products of drinking. Late nights of revelers indulging in cheap alcohol can leave cities dirty, vandalized, or coping with violence. And some of the revelers are under-age. Yesterday Swiss cities unveiled some suggestions for coping with rowdy party-goers. One suggestion? Make alcohol more expensive, or raise the minimum sale price. This and other ideas will play a prominent role in hotly contested upcoming parliamentary debates over alcohol law revisions. WRS’s Tony Ganzer reports:
Anti-addiction site targets the very young Wednesday, 16 February, 2011 Do four-year-olds need to be part of drug prevention programmes? Addiction Info Switzerland thinks so and has launched a computer lesson on its website to try to prevent or reduce problems related to alcohol and other drugs. The lesson, featuring twin kangaroos, Tina and Toni, aims to boost kids’ self confidence. Monique Helfer, Addiction Info’s spokesperson, says this is the key to addiction prevention:
Alcohol restrictions having 'dramatic, positive' effect Thursday, 9 September, 2010 Fewer teenagers in canton Geneva are finding themselves in trouble with parents or police or worse after a night binging on booze. It’s been five years since strict rules restricting access to alcohol came into force in the canton. Addiction Info Switzerland says its done a follow-up study and found the rules have had a dramatic, positive effect. WRS’s Susan Flory called on spokesperson Monique Helfer for details:
Uncorked: Swhisky Tuesday, 15 June, 2010 Not wine today—but whisky. Valais is home to Switzerland’s very own, homegrown whisky. Those in the know are already knocking back a few glasses of “Swhisky.” According to Jack Turner, it’s not half bad.
Why are so many young people drinking so much? Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 You go out for a few beers with your friends… the drinks start flowing… and the next thing you know… you wake up in hospital. Sadly, this is how a night out ends for increasing numbers of young people in Switzerland. It’s a similar picture in many other industrialized countries. Throughout this week in Lausanne, international experts on alcohol abuse are trying to work out why this is happening and what can be done about it. Lucas Chambers reports:
Drugs use 'high' among Swiss youth Wednesday, 20 May, 2009 It’s perhaps a surprising result, but young people in Switzerland smoke more cannabis than in most other European countries, with only the Czech Republic and, oddly, the Isle of Man, faring worse. Swiss youngsters are also drinking heavily, way higher than the European average, according to figures released in a study by the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Drugs. Conor Lennon spoke to Doctor Allen Guggenbühl, a psychotherapist who works with children and teenagers, and began by asking why so many young swiss are smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol.
Kids in Mind: Alcohol in the family Friday, 20 February, 2009 Rachel Melville-Thomas speaks with Pete Forster about the impact of alcohol on your parenting and your children. How do children relate to alcohol consumption—and how much is OK?
Genevan tries to recapture taste of forbidden absinthe Monday, 29 December, 2008 The Val-de-Travers is Switzerland’s capital for Absinthe making and the mythical home of alcohol. The clandestine tradition was kept alive there for nearly a century until the ban on the alcohol was lifted in 2005. But this year, in a break with tradition, it’s the canton of Geneva that’s home to the big winner of the Swiss Forum of Spirits. Absinthe maker René Wanner took home seven gold medals. WRS’s Jordan Davis visited him in his distillery in the town of Plan-les-Ouates.
Drink and drugs lose their appeal Wednesday, 2 July, 2008 Fewer young people in Switzerland are drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco or cannabis. But researchers say a small, high-risk group is drinking heavily and taking more hard drugs. These are the main Swiss findings of the European School Survey on Alcohol and Drugs, which was last conducted four years ago and now compares 43 countries. Here in Switzerland, the survey investigated the drink and drugs habits of more than 7,500 teenagers, aged between 13 and 16. WRS’s Vincent Landon spoke to Gerhard Gmel from the Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Problems—and principal investigator of the survey—and began by asking him to explain the downward trend.
Health drive seeks to curb alcohol abuse Thursday, 19 June, 2008 Efforts to tackle drinking, smoking and obesity are to be given high priority by the Swiss government over the next four years. President Pascal Couchepin announced yesterday that he hopes to reduce the number of young people who regularly get drunk by 10 percent and to cut back the number of older, regular drinkers by five percent by 2012. Statistics suggest that almost 300,000 people in Switzerland are alcoholics or at risk of becoming alcohol dependent. WRS’s Adam Beaumont spoke to Monique Helfer, spokeswoman for the Swiss Institute for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Problems.
Chur set to call time on after-hours drinking Monday, 18 February, 2008 The city of Chur in canton Graubünden could soon earn itself the distinction of having the most repressive law on alcohol in Switzerland. That’s if residents vote in favour of a ban on alcohol consumption in public spaces between half past midnight and 7 a.m. The ban is part of a package of measures designed to give the police more power to prevent rowdy behaviour in the city centre. Vincent Landon took a night-time stroll through the party capital of Graubünden.
Late-night alcohol sales banned at train stations Tuesday, 29 January, 2008 The sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. at train stations around the country. The ban will apply to stores and kiosks within the stations but does not apply to the stations’ restaurants or bars. It’s also an effort to curb youth drinking. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick reports.
Long-forbidden Absinthe goes commercial Friday, 18 January, 2008 Absinthe is getting ready for its comeback. After nearly a century of prohibition, the liqueur’s Swiss birthplace is hoping to cash in on the alcohol’s mystique. World Radio Switzerland’s Jordan Davis went to the Val de Travers in the canton of Neuchâtel and brings us this report.