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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.


UK- Alcohol Labels to be more detailed in Britain

Working with the alcohol industry to improve the labeling on alcohol containers was also a new measure unveiled in the new alcohol strategy. As from next year beer, wine and hard liquor packaging in Britain will carry warning labels detailing how many units of alcohol each drink contains as well as recommended safe drinking levels.


It's the first time health warnings on alcoholic drink containers will be this specific in Britain, where binge- drinking among young adults has been a growing concern.

The number of young motorists involved in accidents while under the influence of alcohol is increasing, despite high profile anti drink drive publicity campaigns. Scotland Yard has revealed that almost a quarter of all offenders and casualties in London were aged between 17 and 24. A survey carried out by BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat suggested that a similar picture was emerging across the whole of the country.


Germany - alcohol consumption among young continues to increase

By Walter Farke DHS (Germany)

The Federal Centre for Health Education has published the results of a representative survey on alcohol consumption among young people aged from 12 to 19. These results, released during a nationwide campaign against alcohol and addiction, show increases in alcohol consumption for this age group between 2005 and 2007.


The European Economic and Social Committee opinion on EU Alcohol Strategy

By Dr. Ann Hope, Expert for the Rapporteur Ms. Jillian van Turnhout.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) opinion on the Communication from the Commission, An EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm, was adopted at its plenary session on 30 May 2007


EU Media Ministers reach agreement on EU Television without Frontiers Directive

Brussels, May 24. After a legislative process of 18 months, the EU Ministers for Culture and the Media have, by unanimity, reached political agreement on the revision of the EU Television Without Frontiers Directive.