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Brewers Mixing Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages to Target Youth

The brewers have learned from the spirits industry and have started experimenting with different flavours and admixtures of different non-alcoholic beverages. A beer mixed with energy drink is already available in Germany (check the CAB website: The promotion of such drinks definitely targets young people. The problem from the legislative point of view is – especially in Germany – that this drink is based on beer. This makes it cheap (low tax) and the legal purchase age for beer is 16 years (in Germany). Brewers were certainly happy after the introduction of the special tax on spirit based Alcopops.

These developments should be observed closely.


Mainstreaming Healthy Ageing in the Renewed Social Agenda, 14 October 2008

A debate hosted by Lambert Van Nistelrooij MEP and Claude Moraes MEP, Co-Presidents of the Intergroup on Ageing, in cooperation with AGE and EPHA on the 14th of October 2008 from 08:45-12:00 in Room A5E-2 at the European Parlieament, Brussels.

For PDF of Program click here..


Debate between the EU institutions, health professionals and patients on the draft directive launched

The roundtable "High Quality Healthcare in Europe," organized jointly by the Council of European Dentists (CED) and the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) on the 10th of September in Brussels, provided one of the first opportunities for stakeholders to discuss the Commission's recent proposal for a Directive on Patients' Rights in Cross-Border Healthcare. The event under the patronage of Othmar Karas, MEP, brought together Commission officials and MEPs to exchange views with the main organisations of European health professionals and patients on the proposed Directive, as well as on the wider institutional and political framework for cross-border healthcare in Europe.


European ECAT Conference: “Empower the Community in response to Alcohol Threats” Friday 24 October 2008

VAD and ECAT network are hosting this conference in line with their mission to enhance the effectiveness of local alcohol prevention campaigns. By establishing guidelines for local campaigns, assessing varying local situations to develop specific actions and prevention strategies and evaluating the reach and viability of those local campaigns, the ECAT project combines principle and practice in the hopes of reducing the threat of alcohol to local communities throughout Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy and Belgium.

The conference will take place in Flemish Parliament, Leuvenseweg 86, 1000 Brussels, Belgium on Friday, 24 October 2008, beginning at 9:30 am. It is open to everyone and the admission fee is 35 euro. Every participant will receive a copy of the ECAT manual for further elucidation of the project's scheme.


CSPI makes case against Sparks

On the 8th of September, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filed suit against MillerCoors Brewing Company over its alcoholic energy drink, Sparks . This bold action is an important new step in the effort to protect America's youth from these dangerous and deceptive products.


Eurocare Evening Reception Photos

The photos from the Eurocare evening reception marking International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) day, held in the European Parliament on the 9th of September 2008, are now available.


Press Release - Eurocare Marks International FASD Awareness Day

Drinking alcohol in pregnancy remains a significant public health issue in Europe. A substantial number of women across the EU, continue to drink during pregnancy–ranging from 25% in Spain to 35%-50% in the Netherlands and even higher rates in the UK or Ireland.

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is a leading preventable cause of birth defects an developmental disorders, and the only one which is 100% preventable. Unfortunately, many women are not aware that, throughout the pregnancy, even at low levels of exposure, alcohol interferes with the normal development and can seriously damage the unborn child.


Together for mental health and well-being

More information on the EU conference "Together for mental health and well-being", held in Brussels on 13 June, is available on the DG SANCO website:


Closing the health gap in a generation - the role of the EU health strategy

On 28 August, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the report of its Commission on Social Determinants of Health. It highlights major differences in life expectancy and rates of disease between rich and poor within all countries as well as between different parts of the world. In many instances these gaps have increased. The report makes wide ranging recommendations in order to 'close the gap in a generation' emphasising action on living conditions, access to services, social support, information and research, as well as on health promotion and disease prevention.


Eurocare holds successful Evening Reception on ‘Alcohol and Pregnancy' in European Parliament

Over 50 people attended the Eurocare Evening Reception in the European Parliament, marking ”International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Awareness Day” on Tuesday 9th September 2008.