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AWARH 2017 Alcohol and Cancer Statement

AWARH partners and endorsers issued a statement on alcohol and cancer as part of the AWARH 2017.

The WHO European region has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol. One fifth of the population aged 15 years and above report heavy episodic drinking at least once a week. Alcohol is known to be a causal factor in over 60 diseases and conditions, including at least 7 types of cancer. 1 in 8 alcohol-related deaths are due to cancer.

Given the above statistics, the AWARH partners and the endorsers call on the European Parliament, European Commission and the Member States to ensure that:

  1. The message regarding alcohol included in the European Code Against Cancer is widely disseminated: “If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention”
  2. Member States and the European Commission implement the WHO’s European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020
  3. Effective and evidence-based policies are implemented that would allow Member States and the European Union to meet their obligations under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

Brussels, 23rd November 2017

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