cares alcohol-and-health

New research from WHO on Alcohol policies for the European Region

New research from WHO on Alcohol policies for the European Region

Although the WHO European Region has experienced an overall decrease in alcohol consumption levels, this trend is only associated with the progress achieved by a small number of countries mainly from the eastern part of the Region. With a few notable exceptions, western European countries, including countries within the European Union (EU), have made little or no progress in the reduction of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol in self-quarantine

Alcohol in self-quarantine

WHO issued guidelines for individuals and families for whom self-quarantine and isolation has been recommended or required. It has useful set of guidelines regarding alcohol that could potentially apply to majority of Europe’s population in the lockdown.

WHO Europes Guidance on COVID-19 and alcohol

WHO Europes Guidance on COVID-19 and alcohol

The following factsheet from WHO Europe provides important information that you should know about alcohol consumption and COVID-19. It addresses, among other things, the misinformation that is being spread through social media and other communication channels about alcohol and COVID-19.

EU-wide rapid response study on Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic

EU-wide rapid response study on Alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic

Contribute to a study of the European impact of COVID-19 on health with 10-min anonymous survey

Time to Strengthen the EU’s Public Health Policy Powers

Time to Strengthen the EU’s Public Health Policy Powers

A call for action on the occasion of the Europe Day signed by Klaus Haensch, Violeta Bulc and Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis.

New alcohol guidelines in Germany

New alcohol guidelines in Germany

The Federal Center for Health Education in Berlin has developed a new guide to alcohol consumption in collaboration with the German Medical Association. The guideline is a medical manual for the prevention and treatment of risky, harmful and dependent consumption.

Adolescent mental wellbeing declining

Adolescent mental wellbeing declining

A new report from the International Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe on the health and social behaviours of schoolchildren aged 11, 13 and 15, from 45 countries, shows that mental well-being declines as children grow older, with girls particularly at risk of having poor mental well-being outcomes compared to boys.

Eurocare response to WHO Online open written consultation on the European Programme of Work World Health Organization Europe

Eurocare response to WHO Online open written consultation on the European Programme of Work World Health Organization Europe

Eurocare and its members welcomes the online written consultation on the WHO European Work Program. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the need to significantly boost Europe’s preparedness and capability to respond effectively to major cross border health threats. It has also shown the need for prevention as people with additional problems related to non-communicable diseases has been worse hit.

Alcohol and Cancer

Alcohol and Cancer

The main cause of death due to alcohol in 2016 was cancer (29% of alcohol-attributable deaths) .

Europe is the heaviest drinking region in the world with 9.8 litres of pure alcohol per person (15 + years), well-above the global average of 6.4 litres. Drinking alcohol is associated with a risk of developing more than 200 different types of diseases . Every day in EU+ countries around 800 people die from alcohol attributable causes (291.000 per year).

Rural Matters report - understanding alcohol use in rural areas

Rural Matters report - understanding alcohol use in rural areas

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) has launched a new report on understanding alcohol use in rural areas.

The Rural Matters report brings together findings from community consultations and qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals, service providers, recovery community members and fellowship members working and living in rural and remote areas of Scotland, and makes recommendations for research, policy and practice.

EU4Health programme

EU4Health programme

The European Commission proposed a new, ambitious stand-alone health programme for the 2021-2027 period – the EU4Health Programme of €9.4 billion. However, Member States reduced the amount to €1.7 billion, jeopardising the EU’s ability and ambition to strengthen healthcare systems and public health protection across EU countries.

The funding for the Horizon Europe programme has also been hit by the Council’s cuts, with a budget dropping from the proposed €94.4 billion to €80.9 billion. This will have a considerable impact on health research and innovation, an area where the EU aims to gain global leadership.

Civil society organisations (EU4Health civil society alliance – including Eurocare) have been calling on European leaders to recognise that the pandemic has shown once again that more EU action on health is more urgently needed than ever. We have also emphasised that the COVID-19 recovery plans should not be focused on going back to the ‘old normal’ but rather should be taking our health systems to the next level.

European Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm 2020

European Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm 2020

The 8th European Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm (AWARH - http://www.awarh.eu/), will take place 16th – 20th November 2020.

Health in Europe through alcohol policies regarding COVID -19, Sustainable Development Goals and Cancer are the core events during the week.

All events will be on-line. We are hoping for your support and active engagement in the week to make it a big success on social media.

National Alcohol-Action week ‘Sees drinking, does drinking’ in the Netherlands  Raising awareness of harm to children from adult drinking.

National Alcohol-Action week ‘Sees drinking, does drinking’ in the Netherlands Raising awareness of harm to children from adult drinking.

The Dutch Alcohol Policy Alliance (AAN) will be running its “Sees Drinking, Does Drinking” campaign from the first week in November.

The campaign, which was developed with the support of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, is aimed at parents.

The goal is to raise awareness that alcohol consumption by adults in the presence of children and young people could have negative consequences.

Throughout the country health centers (GGD’s), addiction care institutions and municipalities are joining the campaign during Alcohol Action Week.

European Health Union

European Health Union

The European Commission has taken its first steps towards building the European Health Union as first announced by President von der Leyen in her State of the Union address.

President von der Leyen stated: “Our aim is to protect the health of all European citizens. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for more coordination in the EU, more resilient health systems, and better preparation for future crises. We are changing the way we address cross-border health threats. Today, we start building a European Health Union, to protect citizens with high quality care in a crisis and equip the Union and its Member States to prevent and manage health emergencies that affect the whole of Europe.”

The European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

The European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

Join us in the Zoom webinar on Alcohol & Cancer Monday 16 November 15:00 - 16:15 CET

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_14rUYE8cQhGZnJ9CCO8yAQ

ALCOHOL AND CANCER IN THE WHO EUROPEAN REGION, an appel for better prevention

ALCOHOL AND CANCER IN THE WHO EUROPEAN REGION, an appel for better prevention

The new WHO/Europe factsheet, “Alcohol and cancer in the WHO European Region: an appeal for better prevention”, emphasizes causal links between alcohol use and a range of cancers, including some of the most common types, such as female breast cancer and colorectal cancer.

It also makes clear that alcohol-attributable cancers and deaths can be reduced through implementation of cost-effective policies, such as increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages and restricting marketing and availability of alcohol.

European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

Please join us in the Zoom webinar 17.11.2020 at 15:00 - 16:15 CET

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l2bNnNcaQ-6kXBgSqbDxkQ

AWARH is a joint initiative of European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), European Liver Patients' Association (ELPA), European Brain Council (EBC), European Federation of Addiction Societies (EUFAS) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG).

This year's campaign has been organized in close collaboration with WHO/Europe-Alcohol team. Three webinars will be organized during the Awareness Week by the partners and WHO/Europe:
The focus in this event is the impact alcohol has on COVID-19 and steps taken to reduce the risks.

European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

Please join us in the Zoom webinar 18.11.2020 at 15:00 - 16:15 CET

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_GC2xnke6RzKYY-onz1zdUg

AWARH is a joint initiative of European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare), European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), European Liver Patients' Association (ELPA), European Brain Council (EBC), European Federation of Addiction Societies (EUFAS) and United European Gastroenterology (UEG).

EU4HEALTH PROGRAM

EU4HEALTH PROGRAM

Members of the European Parliament reach a deal with the European Council on 2021-2017 EU health programme. The new EU health programme, worth 5.1 billion EUR, will help to fix shortcomings exposed by COVID-19 and boost quality and resilience of EU health systems.

• At least 20% of the budget for disease prevention and health promotion
• Stocks of medicines and equipment and substitute medical staff part of the new programme
• Support for the creation of a European health data space
• Prepare health systems better for future health threats and pandemics

The new programme will support actions in areas where the EU’s contribution will clearly be valuable, invest in health promotion and disease prevention measures and prepare European health systems to face future health threats.
For more information see: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20201211IPR93655/eu4health-meps-reach-deal-with-council-on-2021-2027-eu-health-programme

EU Children's Rights Strategy 2021-2024

EU Children's Rights Strategy 2021-2024

The consultation on the forthcoming EU Children’s Rights Strategy 2021-2024 offers us an opportunity to reflect on how the EU uses its existing powers to comply with its twin obligations to ensure a high level of public health protection and promote children’s rights in all its policies.

Eurocare works to raise awareness of the impact of commercial advertising and marketing - particularly for alcohol as a harmful goods, services and brands - to which children are exposed in Europe and beyond, and to promote its regulation and effective enforcement.

Eurocare submission to WHO Working document for development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol

Eurocare submission to WHO Working document for development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) would like to thank World Health Organization (WHO) for the opportunity to give our feedback to the WHO ‘Working document for development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol’.

This is a positive step forward for achieving the implementation of the Global Strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol from 2010.

Eurocare is an accredited civil society organization to WHO Europe and look forward to supporting the WHO Global Action Plan.

ESPAD report 2019

ESPAD report 2019

Smoking and drinking among 15–16-year-old school students are showing signs of decline, but there are concerns over potentially risky cannabis use and the challenges posed by new addictive behaviours. These are among the latest findings in the 2019 report from the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD). The study, published in collaboration with the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA), is based on a 2019 survey in 35 European countries, including 25 EU Member States (1).

Health at a Glance 2019 OECD Indicators

Health at a Glance 2019 OECD Indicators

Health at a Glance 2019 highlights some worrying patterns in health outcomes and unhealthy lifestyles.
A person born today can expect to live almost 81 years on average in OECD countries. But life expectancy gains have slowed recently in most OECD countries, especially in the United States, France and the Netherlands. 2015 was a particularly bad year, with life expectancy falling in 19 countries.

Alcohol consumption and sustainable development (2020) WHO Europe

Alcohol consumption and sustainable development (2020) WHO Europe

This fact sheet shows how alcohol consumption undermines commitments to achieve 13 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), impacting on a range of health-related indicators, such as child health, infectious diseases and road injuries as well as much broader range of indicators related to economic and social development, environment and equality.

European Health Union

European Health Union

Eurocare call for action in EU4Health Work Program

Eurocare call for action in EU4Health Work Program

Eurocare welcomes the EU4Health Programme as a new, ambitious stand-alone health programme for the 2021-2027 period. Members of the European Parliament reach a deal with the European Council on 2021-2017 EU health programme. The new EU health programme, worth 5.1 billion EUR, will help to fix shortcomings exposed by COVID-19 and boost quality and resilience of EU health systems.
• At least 20% of the budget for disease prevention and health promotion
• Stocks of medicines and equipment and substitute medical staff part of the new programme
• Support for the creation of a European health data space
• Prepare health systems better for future health threats and pandemics

Europe Beating Cancer Plan - press release

Today we are celebrating the launch of Europe’s Beating Cancer. It is a good day for the prevention of alcohol related cancers in the EU.

Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan emphasizes alcohol-related harm is a major public health concern in the EU and that cancer was the leading cause of alcohol-attributable deaths with a share of 29%, followed by liver cirrhosis (20%), cardiovascular diseases (19%) and injuries (18%) . The target is to achieve a relative reduction of at least 10% in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025.

Europe Beating Cancer Plan

Europe Beating Cancer Plan

Europe's Beating Cancer Plan is a main priority in health at EU level and a key pillar of a strong European Health Union. It will be supported by actions spanning across policy areas from employment, education, social policy, and equality, through marketing, agriculture, energy, the environment, and climate, to transport, cohesion policy, and taxation.

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father

Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father

A new international study led by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) researchers found a huge gap in research exploring men’s experiences of drinking in the transition to fatherhood.

The review ‘Exploring men’s alcohol consumption in the context of becoming a father’, funded by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS), also found a lack of research into what is needed to help men reduce their drinking during this life-changing time.

Dr Elena Dimova, research fellow at the Substance Use Research Group in GCU’s Research Centre for Health (ReaCH), led the five-month study that looked at evidence on men’s experiences of alcohol consumption in the context of fatherhood, and on the effectiveness of existing interventions to reduce drinking among new fathers.

Eurocare input to consultation on Road safety – easy installation of alcohol interlocks in vehicles

Eurocare input to consultation on Road safety – easy installation of alcohol interlocks in vehicles

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the opportunity to comment on how alcohol interlocks can improve traffic safety by preventing drivers from driving with alcohol concentrations above certain limits. Unfortunately, these devices are not mandatory in the EU but can be retrofitted to vehicles after they are first sold. It should be made easy to do this, vehicle manufacturers should be required to provide either a standardised connector or a clear document giving the necessary guidance on how to install them.

France - national survey on the impact of the health crisis on addictions

France - national survey on the impact of the health crisis on addictions

Association Addiction France together with BVA Sante launched on the 8 April 2021 a national survey across France on the impact of the health crisis on addictions.

En France, plus d’un consommateur sur trois a nettement augmenté sa consommation de tabac, cannabis et/ou médicaments psychotropes depuis le début de l’épidémie… Les écrans ne sont pas en reste, pour la population générale comme pour les publics les plus fragilisés par la crise.

See: https://addictions-france.org/presse/la-crise-sanitaire-a-des-repercussions-sur-les-conduites-addictives-des-francais/

Alcohol consumption in times of COVID-19

Alcohol consumption in times of COVID-19

While bars, restaurants and pubs are closed nearly across the EU and some companies are switching their production to hand sanitizers, there are some reports that alcohol consumption might actually be going up.

Will new European Commission finally address alcohol and cancer?

Will new European Commission finally address alcohol and cancer?

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, in her mission letter to Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for health, asked for action on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

European Alcohol and Health Forum - there is nothing like a human interaction

European Alcohol and Health Forum - there is nothing like a human interaction

It seems that at the moment the European Commission is planning to move all its interactions with stakeholders online, which in times of digital revolution might seem to make sense. But as the current lockdown due to COVID-19 is proving there is nothing like a human interaction and we sincerely hope that the European Commission will resume human dialogues with its stakeholders.

SHAAP’s Recommendations for Services: People with Alcohol-related Problems

SHAAP’s Recommendations for Services: People with Alcohol-related Problems

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) has published new guidance in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The aim of the guidance is to reduce risks and ensure continued support for people with alcohol-related problems in the context of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving pandemic with national advice and guidance updated regularly, and this guidance is intended to support and not contradict or replicate any local contingency plans that are in place.

Why age limits matter?

Why age limits matter?

Recent reports that Luxembourg is planning to increase drinking age but only for spirits to 18-years old, raised some mixed feelings.

What has happened since - NordAN 2020 report

What has happened since - NordAN 2020 report

The Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (NordAN) has launched a new report on alcohol and drug policy developments in Nordic and Baltic countries.

World Cancer Day 2020 - Let's talk about alcohol

World Cancer Day 2020 - Let's talk about alcohol

Today we are celebrating World Cancer Day (4th February) and the launch of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. The contribution of alcohol to a range of cancers needs to be better recognized. According to Eurobarometer study (2010) one in five (21%) do not believe there is an association between drinking and cancers, and roughly one in ten (12%) do not know even though the first conclusive links were established in 1987. By 2035, there will be a doubling of cancer cases and 40% of all cancers can be prevented if we implement what we already know.

Spanish Balearic Islands take brave steps to reduce alcohol related harm on the islands.

Spanish Balearic Islands take brave steps to reduce alcohol related harm on the islands.

In 2019, in cooperation with Balearic Islands government Eurocare has organised two events addressing the issue of alcohol related problems in tourist setting. One event took place in Palma and other in Brussels.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome the steps taken by the Balearic Islands government to limit the harm caused by alcohol.

'Stand up and tell me your story': SHAAP launches new report

'Stand up and tell me your story': SHAAP launches new report

SHAAP launched its latest report on the meanings and importance of lived and living experiences for alcohol and drugs policy to a packed audience at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.

Eurocare joint statement to the WHO Europe Regional Committee meeting #RC69 on urgent need for action on alcohol

Eurocare joint statement to the WHO Europe Regional Committee meeting #RC69 on urgent need for action on alcohol

There is a need for clarity on the most important interventions and implementations strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. WHO, as the primary norm-setting health agency, should lead this initiative. It might be timely to consider a Framework convention on alcohol.

New global action plan to reduce alcohol related harm

New global action plan to reduce alcohol related harm

World Health Organization announced the 7th of February 2020 a draft decision to support the implementation of the strategy to reduce harmful drinking from 2010. The draft decision calling for “accelerating action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol” was proposed by Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Iran, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam supported by civil society groups during WHO intergovernmental meetings

The size of our wine glass influences how much we drink

The size of our wine glass influences how much we drink

Wine glasses have doubled in size since 1990. A mega-analysis with data by the University of Cambridge has found that bigger wine glasses leads us to drink more alcohol in restaurants. The findings support calls to limit the size of wine glasses to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Call for Papers for EUFASD 2020

Call for Papers for EUFASD 2020

EUFASD 2020 will be held from Monday, September 14 to Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at the Clarion Hotel Tyholmen in Arendal, Norway. The Call for papers is now open, the deadline for abstract submissions is April 1.

Health at a Glance 2019: OECD  - Indicators Alcohol consumption among adults

Health at a Glance 2019: OECD - Indicators Alcohol consumption among adults

Measured through sales data, overall alcohol consumption averaged 8.9 litres per person across OECD countries in 2017, down from 10.2 litres in 2007 (Figure 4.4).
Lithuania reported the highest consumption (12.3 litres), followed by Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Ireland, Latvia and Hungary, all with over 11 litres per person. Turkey, Israel and Mexico have comparatively low consumption levels (under 5 litres per person).

Among key partners, consumption was relatively high in the Russian Federation (11.1 litres) and low in Indonesia, India, Costa Rica and Colombia (less than 5 litres). Average consumption fell in 27 OECD countries between 2007 and 2017, with the largest reductions in Israel, Estonia, Greece and Denmark (by 3 litres or more). Consumption also fell markedly in the Russian Federation (by 7 litres). However, alcohol consumption increased by more than 1 litre per person in China and India, and by over 0.5 litres per person in Chile.

Zero tolerance could help prevent up to 5,000 alcohol-linked road deaths a year in the EU

Zero tolerance could help prevent up to 5,000 alcohol-linked road deaths a year in the EU

The European Union should introduce a zero-tolerance drink-driving limit in 2020 as part of a package of measures to help prevent up to 5,000 alcohol-linked road deaths every year, according to the European Transport Safety Council, authors of a new report.

ANPAA mobilized for the #LeDéfideJanvier

ANPAA mobilized for the #LeDéfideJanvier

In January, nearly thirty associations and actors working in the field of addiction and health launch the January Challenge: a challenge that every French person is invited to take up after the festive season, to take a break from alcohol consumption and see the benefits for his or her body.

Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm 2019

Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm 2019

It is the 7th time that Eurocare is a partner in the Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (AWARH) this year’s theme is: “Alcohol & Mental Health”.

Alcohol consumption, harm and policy response fact sheets for 30 European countries, WHO 2018

Alcohol consumption, harm and policy response fact sheets for 30 European countries, WHO 2018

In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world

A recent WHO report shows that rates of harmful alcohol consumption in Europe have not dropped as expected, even though all countries have signed the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020.

The “Status report on alcohol consumption, harm and policy responses in 30 European countries 2019”, which uses data gathered from 2010 to 2016, shows that over 290 000 people lose their life in Europe per year from alcohol-attributable causes, and urges stronger policy action by countries to help reduce the numbers.

WHO consults on alcohol policy

WHO consults on alcohol policy

WHO issued a discussion paper 24 October and opened a web-based consultation until 4 November.

Alcohol and Cancer Risks A Guide for Health Professionals from SHAAP

Alcohol and Cancer Risks A Guide for Health Professionals from SHAAP

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP) published an updated guide for health professionals.

How the ‘monkeys’ took over spirits in Poland

How the ‘monkeys’ took over spirits in Poland

Since 2013 a new phenomenon can be observed in Poland, the so called ‘monkeys’. It is a colloquial name for spirits sold in 100ml or 200 ml bottles. They are colourful and come in various tastes, in 2017 there were 40 taste varieties of ‘monkeys’. It is estimated that daily 3 million people buy them in Poland. Yearly, over 1 billion ‘monkeys’ are sold.

1st NCD Youth Conference, Portorož, Slovenia 6 - 9 December 2019

1st NCD Youth Conference, Portorož, Slovenia 6 - 9 December 2019

After nine very successful European conferences on the topics of alcohol, tobacco control, youth health and social marketing for health promotion, the International Youth Health Organization is happy to announce the 1st NCD Youth Conference, which will happen in Portorož, Slovenia between 6th and 9th of December 2019.

Alcohol-related deaths drop in Russia due to strict alcohol control measures, new WHO/Europe report says

Alcohol-related deaths drop in Russia due to strict alcohol control measures, new WHO/Europe report says

According to a new WHO report, alcohol consumption in Russia has plunged by more than 40% between 2003-2016, and life expectancy has dramatically increased due largely to a set of comprehensive alcohol control measures put in place by the state.

The report, Alcohol Policy Impact Case Study: The effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation, shows that total per capita consumption has been declining since 2003 and dropped by 43% until 2016, with a 40% decline in recorded consumption and a 48% decline in unrecorded consumption - alcohol produced and sold outside of governmental control.

EU Road Safety Roundtable

EU Road Safety Roundtable

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc opened the meeting stating the urgent need to push harder for safe roads. 25.000 deaths yearly are unacceptable. The EU commits to reducing deaths and for the first time serious injuries by 50% by 2030. The vision for 2015 is zero.

Several cities across Europe participated in the roundtable, all with a positive commitment towards zero deaths on the roads.

Eurocare reminded the audience of the need to tackle risk factors like alcohol. Around one accident of four are linked to alcohol consumption. Drink driving remains the second biggest killer on EU roads. The principle of zero tolerance for drink driving should inform policy – with adequate enforcement using random checks and breath testing.

Reflections on decline in youth drinking - why are we surprised?

Reflections on decline in youth drinking - why are we surprised?

Earlier this year Eurocare had the opportunity to participate in the Thematic Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society in Krakow (Poland) focusing on youth drinking in decline.

G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration on Global Health

G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration on Global Health

Health is a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We recall our commitment to moving towards achieving universal health coverage according to national contexts and priorities. We look forward to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Report from the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, Edinburgh 20-21 November 2018

Report from the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, Edinburgh 20-21 November 2018

On behalf of SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and Eurocare (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) we are delighted to publish this summary
of discussions that took place during the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (8EAPC) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20th and
21st November 2018. This was the eighth in a series of very successful European Alcohol Policy Conferences (Warsaw 2004, Helsinki 2006, Barcelona 2008,
Brussels 2010, Stockholm 2012, Brussels 2014 and Ljubljana 2016).

Civil Society Guide for a Healthy Europe

Civil Society Guide for a Healthy Europe

Civil society organisations from across sectors, such as health, development, environment, food, agriculture, social affairs, trade, have developed a Guide & Phone book on how newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) can improve people's health in Europe and beyond by ensuring the implementation of a Health in All Policies approach.

Better monitoring and support needed to accelerate reductions in youth drinking and binge drinking

Better monitoring and support needed to accelerate reductions in youth drinking and binge drinking

A new WHO report presents an evaluation of progress on the Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking (Binge Drinking) (2014–2016). It points out that while important efforts have been made to reduce youth and binge drinking in the WHO European Region, better monitoring and support for implementing evidence-based policies are needed to accelerate progress.

Joint WHO-EU project reveals difficult truths about alcohol consumption in Europe

Joint WHO-EU project reveals difficult truths about alcohol consumption in Europe

The “Monitoring of national policies related to alcohol consumption and harm reduction” project (MOPAC) held its final meeting in Edinburgh on 19 November, where it presented its findings, which indicate that the harm caused by alcohol is still significant, and that reducing it will require increased efforts.

STAD in Europe manual

STAD in Europe manual

Recently, the STAD in Europe manual was published. This manual describes how to tackle alcohol related problems by decreasing alcohol service to underage and intoxicated people through the Swedish “STAD-approach”.
STAD is a cost effective community approach that has been running in Sweden for over 20 years and is now being implemented in other EU countries.

This manual is the result of the STAD in Europe project that experimented with implementing the STAD approach in several EU countries and settings. The manual summarises the lessons learned from these seven pilot implementations.


The manual is available as free download at http://stadineurope.eu/resources/sie-manual/

Alcohol and mental health

Alcohol and mental health

Alcohol is a depressant and while the first drink or two can have a disinhibiting effect, over a more extended period the effects of alcohol abuse can contribute to the development of mental health problems.

Alcohol and cancer

Alcohol and cancer

Danish Cancer Society are raising awareness about the link between alcohol and cancer. Have a look at this video.

Alcohol and Obesity

Alcohol and Obesity

Remarkably few consumers are well-informed about the calorific content of their alcoholic drinks. Alcohol has a comparatively high energy content, each gram of alcohol contains 7.1 calories – for comparison, a gram of fat contains 9.

Alcohol industry lobbying in France

Alcohol industry lobbying in France

ANPAA publishes its second report on the practices of alcohol lobbies, which analyzes strategies implemented by the alcohol lobby to circumvent the Loi Evin and highlights the influence of this industry on public policies.

Ten proposals for a more clear-headed EU

Ten proposals for a more clear-headed EU

Eurocare Swedish member - IOGT-NTO issued an appeal to politicians ahead of European Parliament elections in May this year.

Enfin une campagne de prévention du risque Alcool !

Enfin une campagne de prévention du risque Alcool !

A partir du 26 mars, Santé publique France lance une grande campagne visant à réduire les risques et les dommages liés à la consommation d'alcool. C’est la première campagne en direction de la population générale depuis bien longtemps.

Alcohol Awareness Week in Germany “Alcohol? Less is better!” from 18 to 26 May 2019

Alcohol Awareness Week in Germany “Alcohol? Less is better!” from 18 to 26 May 2019

This year, the focus is on “Alcohol – not at the workplace!”. Especially companies are called to campaign for alcohol prevention.

Successful participation in the first summit on irresponsible tourism in the Balearic Islands

Successful participation in the first summit on irresponsible tourism in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Government, European Alcohol Policy Alliance, IREFREA, The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and University of the Balearic Islands had the pleasure to host Rethinking Your Travel - An Open Debate, on 13th February 2019 in Palma, Mallorca.

European Award for Reducing Alcohol Harm 2018 goes to Estonia

European Award for Reducing Alcohol Harm 2018 goes to Estonia

Estonia has been awarded the EARAH award at the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference in Edinburgh for their extraordinary commitment to alcohol policy.

Alcohol and Cancer – the connection we don’t make

Alcohol and Cancer – the connection we don’t make

Since 1987, connections between alcohol intake and cancer of the breast, colorectum and liver have also been identified.
If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. 
Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention. 

Tournée Minérale: a month without alcohol in Belgium

Tournée Minérale: a month without alcohol in Belgium

After the overwhelming success of the previous years, De DrugLijn and the Foundation against Cancer are again joining forces for a new 'Tournée Minérale'. The campaign calls on all Belgians to say 'no' to alcohol in February, for the first time or again.

Consommation d’alcool : combien de morts faut-il attendre avant la mise en œuvre d’une politique de réduction des risques réellement efficace ?

Consommation d’alcool : combien de morts faut-il attendre avant la mise en œuvre d’une politique de réduction des risques réellement efficace ?

Les consommations d’alcool sont à l’origine de 41 000 décès par an en France, une mortalité évitable largement supérieure à celle observée dans nombre d’autres pays européens.

Alors que la consommation d’alcool ne baisse plus depuis 5 ans, l’ANPAA appelle le Gouvernement à promouvoir une politique de réduction des risques sanitaires et des dommages sociaux enfin à la hauteur de l’enjeu.

Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

Many lives could be saved by redoubling efforts to prevent unhealthy lifestyles. Some 790 000 EU citizens die prematurely each year from tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption (70.212 people), unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Policies to control tobacco and harmful consumption of alcohol or to halt obesity therefore need to be actively pursued.

We are still number one but hopefully not for long – Europe’s alcohol consumption

We are still number one but hopefully not for long – Europe’s alcohol consumption

WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018

Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community

Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community

The Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill presents a set of measures to prevent alcohol related harm, which follow latest evidence base in the field of alcohol policy and recommendations of the World Health Organization.

WHO Europe: Adolescents drink less, although levels of alcohol consumption are still dangerously high

WHO Europe: Adolescents drink less, although levels of alcohol consumption are still dangerously high

A new WHO report, Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014, provides new insights into data collected over 12 years on adolescent drinking.

Ireland on the right track to prevent alcohol related harm and save lives #phabsaveslives

Ireland on the right track to prevent alcohol related harm and save lives #phabsaveslives

Alcohol Action and European Alcohol Policy Alliance welcome the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill by Dáil Éireann and look forward to its enactment shortly after its final reading before Seanad Éireann.

‘Dying for a drink’: New report calls for ‘professional optimism’ to support recovery from alcohol problems

‘Dying for a drink’: New report calls for ‘professional optimism’ to support recovery from alcohol problems

SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) has published a new report, ‘Dying for a drink’, following research commissioned by the Scottish Government.

French government under pressure from powerful lobbies

French government under pressure from powerful lobbies

In public health sector, ANPAA as all the civil society actors face continuously powerful lobbies (agri-food, tobacco, alcohol…). Agnès Buzyn, Minister for Solidarity and Health and scientist, was even forced to backtrack when she said on TV that wine was alcohol like the others. Why such a turnaround? Because Audrey Bourolleau, the Agriculture Adviser of the President Macron, is also the former Executive Director of the lobby Vin & Société.

 Drunk, disruptive air passenger numbers on the rise

Drunk, disruptive air passenger numbers on the rise

Fit to Fly, by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, found that the majority (51%) of Brits believe there is a serious problem with excessive alcohol consumption in air travel. Drunk passengers who become aggressive on planes threaten the safety of other passengers, including children. Cabin crew have reported being sexually assaulted, kicked, punched and headbutted by drunk passengers.

VAD is bezorgd over de verregaande samenwerking rond verantwoord drinken  tussen de KU Leuven, UZ Leuven en de stad Leuven met bierproducent, AB-Inbev.

VAD is bezorgd over de verregaande samenwerking rond verantwoord drinken tussen de KU Leuven, UZ Leuven en de stad Leuven met bierproducent, AB-Inbev.

Dat de universiteit, de ziekenhuizen en de stad initiatieven ondersteunen op vlak van gezondheid en alcoholgebruik is zeker welkom. De rol van de alcoholindustrie daarin roept echter vragen op.

Alcohol industry actions to reduce harmful drinking in Europe: public health or public relations?

Alcohol industry actions to reduce harmful drinking in Europe: public health or public relations?

CSR activities conducted by the alcohol industry in the WHO European Region are unlikely to contribute to WHO targets but may have a public-relations advantage for the alcohol industry.

Communiqué d’experts - Risque Alcool : Monsieur le Président, écoutez les Français !

Communiqué d’experts - Risque Alcool : Monsieur le Président, écoutez les Français !

La classe politique est en total décalage avec l'opinion comme le démontre un sondage Opinionway publié le 14 juin par la Ligue nationale contre le cancer.

Prevention plan of the French alcohol lobby does nothing for health

Prevention plan of the French alcohol lobby does nothing for health

Media reports in France uncovered the intensity of the Elysée, relationship with the alcohol lobby, with the former lobbyist of Vin & Société as a close Advisor to the President Macron.

This site use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website.

OK