Wednesday, March 28, 2012

[EQ] Alcohol in the European Union - Consumption, harm and policy approaches

Alcohol in the European Union

Consumption, harm and policy approaches

WHO Regional Office for Europe - 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

Available online PDF [161p.] at:


“……Alcohol is one of the world’s top three priority areas in public health. Even though only half the global population drinks alcohol, it is the world’s third leading cause of ill health and premature death, after low birth weight and unsafe sex, and greater than tobacco. In Europe, alcohol is also the third leading risk factor for disease and mortality after tobacco and high blood pressure.


This report presents the latest literature overview of effective alcohol policies, and includes data from the European Union, Norway and Switzerland in the areas of alcohol consumption, harm and policy approaches.


The data presented were collected from a survey in 2011….”



Alcohol as a health issue

Policy responses

- The impact of alcohol on health

- Societal burden of alcohol

- Unrecorded and illicit alcohol

- Information and education

- Reducing injuries and death from alcohol-related road crashes

- Community action

- Drinking environments

- Availability of alcohol

- The impact of alcohol marketing

- Pricing of alcohol

- Overview of effectiveness and cost–effectiveness

- Common evidence base and monitoring

- EU status report on public health policies on alcohol 2011

- Conclusions

- References

Annex 1 Adult per capita alcohol consumption in the EU, candidate countries, Norway and Switzerland (2009)

Annex 2 Lifetime abstainers in the EU, candidate countries, Norway and Switzerland by country and gender (2009)

Annex 3 Rates of heavy episodic drinking (binge-drinking)

Annex 4 Core findings and conclusions for EU-financed and co-financed projects since 2006



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