Eurocare is an alliance of non-governmental and public health organisations with member organisations across European countries advocating the prevention and reduction of alcohol related harm in Europe.
Member organisations are involved in advocacy and research, as well as in the provision of information and training on alcohol issues and the service for people whose lives are affected by alcohol problems.
The mission of Eurocare is to promote policies to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. The message, in regard to alcohol consumption, is “less is better”.
Eurocare is not affiliated and does not receive any funding from the alcohol industry or any of its social aspect organisations.
Eurocare is registered in the European Transparency Register under number: 01546986656-22
Eurocare is a member of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and is a founding member of the European Alcohol and Health Forum. Eurocare participates in the European Commission's Health Policy Forum as well as DG AGRI Civil Society Dialogue group on Wine and DG TRADE Civil Society Dialogue meetings.
Eurocare has a Secretariat in Brussels, which acts as the central contact point for member organisations as well as other bodies concerned with alcohol related issues, including national and international press.
Eurocare's overall goal is to:
To this aim, Eurocare:
Eurocare strives to be recognised as the leading NGO in alcohol related civil society dialogue and policy development in Europe.
Eurocare's vision is a Europe where alcohol related harm is no longer one of the leading risk factors for ill-health and premature death. This is a Europe where people no longer suffer from the drinking of others, and where the European Union and its Member States recognise the harm done by alcohol and apply effective policies to tackle it.
Eurocare’s core values:
The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) was created in 1990, as concerns grew over the impact of the single market on national alcohol policies. Throughout the 1990’s Eurocare published reports outlining the negative impact of alcohol consumption in Europe, but otherwise played a relatively limited advocacy role. At the time, health policy was not in the remit of the European Union, even though Community regulations such as those governing the internal market, trade, competition and agriculture in practice have an enormous impact on national and local health policies. Now the recognition of the importance of health issues is moving forwards on the European political agenda.