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EU Alcohol Strategy

On 24 October 2006, the European Commission adopted the long awaited Communication setting out a strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm (EU Alcohol Strategy). The EU Alcohol strategy has been awaited since in June 2001 the Council invited the Commission to put forward proposals for a comprehensive Community strategy aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm to complement national policies.

As part of the implementation of the Alcohol Strategy the Commission has set up the following bodies:

The current EU Alcohol Strategy comes to an end in 2012. Eurocare believes that it is crucial that a continuation is maintained and that a new comprehensive strategy is developed in the EU to tackle the alcohol related harm.

In November 2011 Eurocare has together with 87 organisations called upon the European Commission and Member States to work on the new strategy. You can find more information on Call for Action on EU Alcohol Strategy.

EU Alcohol and Health Forum

The EU Alcohol and Health Forum is a platform where bodies active at European level can debate, compare approaches and act to tackle alcohol related harm. Visit the European Commission's webpage for more information about the EU Alcohol and Health Forum.

Members of the Forum have made a series of 'commitments', voluntary actions aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm. All commitments submitted so far can be found on the Commitments Database.

In September 2008, and updated in 2009, a Summary Report on Commitments made by members of the European Alcohol and Health Forum was published by DG Sanco.

Eurocare Commitments

Eurocare is a founding member of the European Alcohol and Health Forum, and has submitted the following commitments:

  • Awareness raising of the link between drinking alcohol and risk of developing certain types of cancer (together with Association of European Cancer Leagues)
  • Raising awareness of drinking alcohol while pregnant
  • Supporting the creation of an Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN) (joint commitment with European Youth Forum)
  • Awareness Raising of the Dangers of Drinking During Pregnancy (in particular, the organisation of an event in the European Parliament to mark International 'Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders' (FASD) Awareness Day)
  • Creation of a new Eurocare website, intended to be a "one stop shop" on alcohol policy issues



UK House of Lords asks for evidence on EU’s Alcohol Strategy

The House of Lords (the second chamber of UK Parliament) is launching an inquiry into the EU’s Alcohol Strategy.


Summary published of the 14th plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

European Commission published full report and presentations of the latest European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF), which took place on the beginning of April.


How important is tackling alcohol related harm for the European Parliament?

The final plenary session (14th- 17th April)of the European Parliament (EP) took place in Strasbourg. The Parliament decided not to include the EU Alcohol Strategy resolution in its final discussions.


Eurocare Suggestions for changes to the EU Alcohol and Health Forum

Eurocare believes that there is an urgent need to review how the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) operates, and therefore presents our position and suggestions for the way forward.


Call for the Science Group of the European Alcohol and Health Forum to be strengthened

UEG, EASL, EPHA, Eurocare and the Royal College of Physicians warmly welcome the initiative by the European Commission and the current chair of the Science Group Sir Ian Gilmore to re-assess the functioning of the Group and attempt to “revive”, and potentially, expand its activities.


Actions at EU level – CNAPA report

Promising signals from the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA).


European Parliament members air strong support for the new EU Alcohol Strategy

Earlier this month members of the Committee on the Environment Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI Committee) in the European Parliament (EP) have started works towards a resolution calling on the European Commission to develop new EU Alcohol Strategy.


Eurocare response to the European Commission proposed structure for the EU Alcohol Action Plan

Earlier this week Eurocare has responded to the European Commission proposed structure for the EU Alcohol Action Plan.


EU action plan 'ignores' decades of scientific advancement in alcohol policy

The EU alcohol and health forum risks being ineffective by using a one-size-fits-all approach, writes Michel Craplet in the Parliament Magazine


European alcohol strategy is still valid

We are fighting for documents. Alcohol policy documents that should become a basis for real life alcohol policies that will regulate the way alcohol is produced, sold and marketed. Also the way people should behave and act when it comes to drinking.


Eurocare recommendations for a future EU Alcohol Strategy

Eurocare presents its view and recommendation for a comprehensive alcohol policy in the European Union 2013-2020


Why should the EU care about alcohol?

On June 27, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, together with EuroHealthNet, the European Association of Cancer Leagues and the European Transport Safety Council, held an event highlighting the need to address alcohol related harm at the EU level.


Report from the Chair of the European Alcohol and Health Forum

Source: European Commission

The 10th Plenary meeting of the European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF) took place on 26 April 2012 in Brussels. The topic of the forum was responsible marketing.


Presentations and summary report from the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action meeting

Reports and presentations from the 9th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action, 17 November 2011, is now available.


The Council of EU addressed alcohol in conclusions on closing health gaps

The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on closing health gaps within the EU through concerted action to promote healthy lifestyle behaviours


Clear call for a new Alcohol Strategy from CNAPA high level meeting

The 9th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA), which took place in Brussels 17 November 2011, is calling for a comprehensive new EU strategy on alcohol related harm.


Commissioner Dalli: “The time for stepping up action is now. I invite you to meet the challenge”

In his speech to the European Alcohol and Health Forum, Commissioner for DG Health and Consumers, Mr John Dalli highlighted that Alcohol Strategy is an important part of the European Commission’s work.


Conclusions from the European Expert Conference on Alcohol (MEDUSA)

Eurocare met alcohol policy community at the European Expert Conference on alcohol in Poznan 11-12 October 2011.