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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity – a summary of the second edition

A new and updated edition of the book Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity is now available from Oxford University Press, written by an international group of alcohol researchers under the leadership of Professor Thomas Babor. The Second Edition of Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity has the same scope as the first in 2003; a guide to understanding alcohol-related harm and how such harm can be effectively prevented by policy interventions. The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational alcohol policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of alcohol misuse.


Thailand notifies WTO members of plans to introduce alcohol warning labels

Thailand has notified World Trade Organisation members of its plans to introduce rotating pictorial warnings on alcohol containers.

See response from the EU Commission below


UK follows experts' advice on increasing the price of alcoholic beverages

Today the UK government by Chancellor Alistair Darling has revealed its 2010 budget introducing measures to reduce and prevent alcohol-related harm.


Agreement on EEA and Norway Grants 2009-14

Today, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway signed an agreement with the European Union on continued EEA and Norway Grants for the period 2009-14.


REGISTER NOW: 3rd Open Forum on Alcohol and Health

Within the framework of the European Alcohol and Health Forum a 3rd Open Forum will be held in Brussels (Charlemagne Building of the European Commission) on 22 April 2010 from 10h00 till 17h00.


ECJ Judgement:: Legislation fixing minimum retail prices for cigarettes infringes EU law

On the 4th of March 2010 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled against the legislation in France, Austria and Ireland fixing minimum retail prices for cigarettes. In the Court's opinion Public health objectives can be attained by an increase in excise duty.


Eurocare welcomes John Dalli as Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy

Eurocare would like to congratulate and welcome John Dalli as the new Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy.


The Cost of Alcohol: Passive drinking seminar 02.02.2010

Over 120 people attended the Lunch Seminar organised by Eurocare in the European Parliament to discuss the harm to others as "The Cost of Alcohol: Passive drinking" on Tuesday 2nd February 2010.



In a report published on 8 January 2010, the Health Committee of the UK Parliament warns that the drinks industry and supermarkets hold more power over government alcohol policies than expert health professionals.


ICAP Periodic Review on Drinking and Culture

ICAP (The International Centre for Alcohol Policies) has published a new issue of the ICAP Periodic Review on Drinking and Culture. This issue presents abstracts of journal articles published between 2008 and 2009 and covers 9 central, eastern, and southern European countries and 8 languages.