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21/11/2014

Eurocare is launching a new Call for a Comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the European Union

In connection with the 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference (6EAPC) Eurocare is launching a new Call for a Comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the European Union.

The current EU Alcohol Strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm was designed for the period 2006-2012. The absence of an up-to-date EU Alcohol Strategy based on the latest evidence and abreast with important societal changes (for example, move of alcohol advertising from traditional to new media) poses a real threat to maintaining and building on the progress made to reduce alcohol related harm in Europe.

With the new European political leadership taking their offices, Eurocare is hoping that a strong and united voice of concerned stakeholders will ensure continuation of work towards improving the health of European citizens, as well as creating future health system savings through prevention of alcohol related harm.

The main Eurocare recommendations for the future EU Alcohol Strategy include:

  • Population-level policy instruments, such as taxation and action on physical availability
  • Targeted policies such as minimum unit pricing, which has a greater impact on hazardous and harmful drinkers and contributes to reducing health inequalities.
  • Effective restrictions on alcohol marketing and advertising
  • Consumer information including the provision of nutritional and other health related information on alcoholic beverage labels
  • Reduction in drink-driving
  • Health sector responses for early detection, brief interventions and treatment for alcohol use disorders
  • Strategies that alter drinking contexts, backed up by community-based prevention action
  • Evidence-based public awareness communication and school-based education to help reduce risks and harm from alcohol
  • Prevention with special focus on the workplace
  • Research, better monitoring of trends in alcohol consumption and harms and further development of the common evidence base

The full text of the Call for a Comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the European Union.

Signatories

International and European organisations

1. Global Alcohol Policy Alliance

2. Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN)

3. Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network (Nordan)

4. European FASD Alliance (EUFASD)

5. European Medical Students' Association (EMSA)

6. EuroHealthNet

7. International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs (INEBRIA)

8. World Association of Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment (WACAT)

9. European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

10. European Mutual Help Network on Alcohol Related Problems (EMNA)

11. European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention (ENSP)

12. European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL)

13. European Liver Patients Association (ELPA)

14. European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)

15. International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

16. European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN)

17. International Blue Cross

18. Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)

19. Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)

National organisations

20. Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP)

21. Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK)

22. Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS)

23. Estonian Temperance Union (AVE)

24. Norwegian Policy Network on Alcohol and Drugs (Actis)

25. Radboud university medical center (the Netherlands Radboudumc)

26. IOGT Norway

27. Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs

28. The Institute of Alcohol Studies (UK)

29. Assocation Nationale de Prevention en Alcoologie et Addictologie (France, ANPAA)

30. Royal College of Physicians (UK)

31. The Alcohol Health Alliance (UK)

32. Alcohol Concern (UK)

33. British Society of Gastroenterology (UK)

34. Regional Association of Clubs of Alcoholics in Treatment of Liguria (Italy)

35. IOGT Germany

36. Catalan Agency of Public Health (Spain)

37. Associazione Italiana Chiropratici (Italy)

38. Anti-Alcoholic Portuguese Society (SAAP)

39. Instituto Sao Joao de Deus (Portugal, ISJD)

40. Tobacco and Alcohol Markets Regulatory Authority (Turkey, TAPDK)

41. Eurocare Italia

42. Blue Cross Norway

43. Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy (STAP)

44. Green Crescent (Turkey)

45. Zavod Varna pot (Slovenia)

46. Association for drug related harm reduction – DrogArt (Slovenia)

47. National Institute of Public Health (Slovenia)

48. Alcohol Health Network (UK)

50. Alcohol and Society (Denmark)

If your organisation would like to support this Call, please send us through your logo as soon as possible. Please send it Aleksandra.Kaczmarek@eurocare.org

Please do not hesitate to contact Eurocare Secretariat for more information +32 (0) 2 736 05 72.