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New report: Children's accounts of living with harmful parental drinking (SHAAP)

A study looking at the effects of harmful drinking by parents on the lives of children in Scotland. The study highlights children's accounts of the severe negative impacts of harmful parental drinking on their lives including emotional stress, physical abuse and neglect.


Interview with Robert Madelin (Director General for Health – European Commission).

"I believe that we have, in the life of this Commission, achieved the recognition that there needs to be an alcohol strategy at EU level and that the next Commission and my successor will be devoted to trying to make it more effective."


Initiative of Rodi Kratsa for the declaration of a “European Year of Wine Tourism”

5 November 2009. A Group of Members of the European Parliament from different countries, among whom the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Mrs. Rodi Kratsa, announced the initiative of declaring a “European Year of Wine Tourism” in cooperation with the European Network of Wine Cities (RECEVIN).


Reducing health inequalities in the EU

Eurocare congratulates the European Commission for having released this week a Communication on Solidarity in Health: Reducing health inequalities in the EU.'


EESC warns of the consequences of alcohol abuse

6 October 2009. As requested by the Swedish Presidency, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has presented its views on alcohol-related harm in European society. The EESC calls for stricter controls on alcohol marketing and pricing policies in order to reduce problems associated with alcohol consumption.


The Swedish Presidency of the EU holds conference on alcohol and health

With the aim of supporting a sustainable, long-term and comprehensive strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in the European Union the Swedish presidency organised on 21 and 22 September an Expert Conference on Alcohol and Health.


Eurocare's views on the implementation of the EU Alcohol Strategy

Stockholm, 21 September 2009. Coinciding with the presentation by the European Commission of its Progress Report of the EU Alcohol Strategy, Eurocare has also wanted to give its views and has published a report that contains its recommendations for a sustainable EU Alcohol Strategy.


EU Alcohol Strategy: Progress Report

The European Commission's Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) has produced an initial status report on what has happened at EU and national level since the EU alcohol strategy was adopted in October 2006.


Sweden denies 'losing control' of alcohol policy

Source: EurActiv. The Swedish health ministry has rubbished claims by Europe's beer industry that the country's alcohol policy has led to increased consumption and boosted illegal trade.

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Online debate on consumers' health and safety at EU level (14 Sept to 9 Oct)

To mark the 10th anniversary of its creation the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) is launching an on-line discussion on European health and consumer policy. A dedicated channel on the Debate Europe forum will be open in all EU official languages from 14 September to 9 October 2009.