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1st European Alcohol Policy Conference - Poland 2004

From 16 to 19 June 2004, the first international conference devoted to the common EU policy on alcohol and alcohol-related problems was held in Warsaw. The conference was organized by the State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol Related Problems and Eurocare, and co-financed by the European Commission..

The goal of the Warsaw conference was to create a network of links and possibilities of cooperation between the worlds of politics, science and practice within the region. The meeting became a forum for sharing experience relating to action plans in the public health and social welfare sector in the context of alcohol-related problem solving.

The conference was held under the honorary auspices of Ms Barbara Labuda, MP Minister and Secretary of State of the Chancellery of the President of Poland and Ms Danuta Hübner, EU Commissioner.

The conference was attended by representatives of the European Commission, World Health Organisation and non-government organisations and governmental departments from 25 European countries (see list of participants).

Conference Programme

Full Programme and Presentations

Wednesday 16 June 2004


Theatre performance- Wybrzezak Theatre Group

Thursday 17 June 2004


Opening session

Introduction, Michel Craplet, Chairman of Eurocare

Opening Presentation, Minister Barbara Labuda, Secretary of State at the President's Office in Poland
Opening Speech, Michael Martin, Irish Health Minister and the Chair of the EU Council of Health Ministers

Opening Speech, Lars Møller, World Health Organization, Europe

Opening Speech, Pavel Telicka, Commissioner Designate Health & Consumer Protection, European Commission



PLENARY SESSION 1 - Alcohol in Europe: Science and the Enlarged Europe

Introduction to the Conference, Peter Anderson, Policy Advisor, Eurocare and Florence Berteletti Kemp, Project Leader, Bridging the Gap, Eurocare

Bring Science to the people of Europe, Sally Casswell, Director, Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation, New-Zeland

Poland at the European crossroads, Jerzy Mellibruda, Director, The State Agency for Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems, Poland ( see his speech...)



PLENARY SESSION 2 - Alcohol in Europe: Economics and Harm

The Risk of alcohol in Europe, Dr Peter Anderson, International Consultant in Public Health

The financial costs and benefits of alcohol, Christine Godfrey, Centre of Health Economics, University of York, United Kingdom (see her speech...)

Alcohol and World Health, Leanne Riley,World, Health Organization




Bridging the gap between different levels of supplying help for addicted people - German/Swiss approach

The harm and cost related to 'alcohol problems in the workplace' - latest evidence and current trends

Methods of Monitoring Alcohol Marketing

Against the Odds: development of a national alcohol policy in England

Feasibility and effectiveness of Eurocare recommendations on drinking and driving (1)

European Union, alcohol and young people

Friday 18 June 2004


PLENARY SESSION 3 - Marketing, communication and alcohol free roads

The Loi Evin - A French Exception, Alain Rigaud, Président Association Nationale de Prévention en Alcoologie et Addictologie (ANPA) and Michel Craplet, Medical Advisor of ANPAA, chairman of Eurocare (see their speech...)

Communicating About Alcohol: Educational and Regulatory Policies, Thomas Babor, University of Connecticut, United States of America (see his speech...)

Towards alcohol free roads in Europe, Hans Laurell, Swedish National Road Administration




Dealing with Alcohol in Primary Health Care: What the European PHEPA Project has to say

The role of the courts in alcohol policy

The role of public campaigns in alcohol policy

World Trade Organisation and alcohol policy

You can choose - win or lose

The lessons from the European comparative alcohol study



PLENARY SESSION 4 - Helping People Change

Promoting “natural recovery” from addiction and social support: Towards a self-change friendly society, Harald Klingemann, Research Director, Institute for Social Planning and Social Management (ISS), University of Applied Sciences Berne - School of Social Work, Switzerland (see his speech...)

Strategies to help people change. The role of primary health care (general practice), Kaija Seppä, Professor of General Practice, University of Tampere, Finland (see her speech...)

From Primary Health Care to Specialized Treatment Centres: a gap difficult to bridge,Antoni Gual,Head of the Alcohol Unit, Hospital Clinic, Barcelona. Alcohol Consultant, Program on Substance Abuse, Health Department, Catalonia, Spain (see his speech...)

Specialist Services and helping people change, Gerhard Bühringer, Director, IFT Institute for Therapy Research, Munich, Germany (see his speech...)




Implementing Brief Interventions in Primary Health Care: First Report from the WHO Phase IV Project

The harm done by alcohol

Alcohol marketing and problem drinking. 'The effects of binge-drinking and the starting age of consumption'

Partnership between the government, NGO's and the industry: a new National Alcohol Programme in Finland

Feasibility and the effectiveness of Eurocare recommendations on drinking and driving (2)

Alcohol taxes and public health in EU perspective

Saturday 19 June 2004


PLENARY SESSION 5 - Alcohol and families, communities and countries

Alcohol and the family in Europe, Andrew McNeill, Institute of Alcohol Studies,London, England (see his speech...)

Mobilizing local communities in Europe, Vesna-Kerstin Petric, Ministry of Health, Slovenia

Alcohol Policy and young people, Ann Hope, National Alcohol Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Children, Ireland (see her speech...)




Self-help groups and community programmes. Volunteer mutual help groups in a community based setting - bridging the gap in prevention and treatment at grassroots level

Prevention in the Workplace

Youth and sports - A prevention project to keep youth in sports free from alcohol

EU Surgery: Advocating for health in Brussels

Visegrad group cooperation for road safety

What information is needed for alcohol policy - the role of knowledge transfer



Round table discussion with speakers


Closing Remarks