I was an alcoholic, former Greenlandic premier says



Greenland’s former premier was on national television last week to talk about how he dealt with his alcoholism.

Lars Emil Johansen was one of the first high-ranking home rule government politicians to admit to having an alcohol problem. Almost 10 years ago, he went into a treatment program in Denmark, a stay that was widely covered by Danish media.

“Since 1995 we have had a treatment center for alcohol abuse. We started to admit our alcohol abuse. Alcohol abuse is just like any other defect, like in other illnesses. But you have to say you need help, so you can overcome the problem. I was premier when I went through treatment, so I couldn’t keep it secret, even if I had wanted to,” Johansen said.

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