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DHS: Innovative practices to tackle drink driving, binge drinking and Consumer information

The German member of Eurocare, the German Centre for Addiction (DHS), has recently published the results of the EU funded project, Pathways for Health.


STAP: High compliance of alcohol ads proves shortcomings rather than effectiveness self regulation

Reaction of STAP to Advertising Compliance Monitoring Report 2007 by the EFRD


Germany - Taxes on alcopops lead Baccardi to withdraw its Breezer from the German market

Baccardi is withdrawing its alcopops brands Rigo and Breezer from the German market, after a sharp decline in sales, the company announced from its German headquarters in Hamburg Tuesday.

The imposition in 2004 of a special tax on mixed alcopop drinks, aimed at making them less attractive to younger consumers, led to a sharp fall in market share.


Sweden - Risk Drinking Project: Alcohol prevention work in primary health care and occupational heath care

The aim of this project is to have issues about alcohol habits to be a natural element in the daily health care work - integrated in such as way that it reflects alcohols importance as a source of medical injuries and illnesses.


European Parliament adopts a report on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks

Strasbourg, 18 June. MEPs have adopted an amended report on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks by Hors Schnellhardt (EPP-ED, DE).


New Eurocare and Members join the European Commission's Alcohol and Health Forumarticle

Brussels, 7 June. 7th June marked the launch of the European Commission's Alcohol and Health Forum, a multistakeholder platform bringing together civil society and businesses pledging to take action to reduce alcohol related harm in Europe.


UK – New Alcohol Strategy

UK, 5 June. England's Home Office Minister, Vernon Coaker, and Public Health Minister Caroline Flint unveiled 'Safe, Sensible, Social - next steps for the National Alcohol Strategy'. The new Strategy builds on the foundations laid and the lessons learnt since 2004, when the country's first Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy was launched.


Commission Communication on Mental Health: Information from the Commission

The adoption of a Commission Communication on Mental Health is scheduled to take place during the 3rd quarter of 2007. The document is in the process of being finalised.


WHO releases results of a multi-country study on alcohol and injury in emergency rooms

Alcohol involvement in injuries has been demonstrated in numerous studies. Hundreds of thousands of deaths occur each year due to alcohol-related intentional and unintentional injuries, and alcohol is involved in up to 30% of adult hospital admissions, particularly those to emergency rooms.


UK – Department of Health Issues New Alcohol Guidelines for Pregnant Women

As revealed in the new Alcohol Strategy, the Department of Health has issued new alcohol guidelines for pregnant women, advising that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive should abstain from alcohol.