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Will new European Commission finally address alcohol and cancer?

Will new European Commission finally address alcohol and cancer?

President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, in her mission letter to Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner-designate for health, asked for action on Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

How the ‘monkeys’ took over spirits in Poland

How the ‘monkeys’ took over spirits in Poland

Since 2013 a new phenomenon can be observed in Poland, the so called ‘monkeys’. It is a colloquial name for spirits sold in 100ml or 200 ml bottles. They are colourful and come in various tastes, in 2017 there were 40 taste varieties of ‘monkeys’. It is estimated that daily 3 million people buy them in Poland. Yearly, over 1 billion ‘monkeys’ are sold.

Alcohol-related deaths drop in Russia due to strict alcohol control measures, new WHO/Europe report says

Alcohol-related deaths drop in Russia due to strict alcohol control measures, new WHO/Europe report says

According to a new WHO report, alcohol consumption in Russia has plunged by more than 40% between 2003-2016, and life expectancy has dramatically increased due largely to a set of comprehensive alcohol control measures put in place by the state.

The report, Alcohol Policy Impact Case Study: The effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation, shows that total per capita consumption has been declining since 2003 and dropped by 43% until 2016, with a 40% decline in recorded consumption and a 48% decline in unrecorded consumption - alcohol produced and sold outside of governmental control.

Eurocare joint statement to the WHO Europe Regional Committee meeting #RC69 on urgent need for action on alcohol

Eurocare joint statement to the WHO Europe Regional Committee meeting #RC69 on urgent need for action on alcohol

There is a need for clarity on the most important interventions and implementations strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. WHO, as the primary norm-setting health agency, should lead this initiative. It might be timely to consider a Framework convention on alcohol.

EU Road Safety Roundtable

EU Road Safety Roundtable

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc opened the meeting stating the urgent need to push harder for safe roads. 25.000 deaths yearly are unacceptable. The EU commits to reducing deaths and for the first time serious injuries by 50% by 2030. The vision for 2015 is zero.

Several cities across Europe participated in the roundtable, all with a positive commitment towards zero deaths on the roads.

Eurocare reminded the audience of the need to tackle risk factors like alcohol. Around one accident of four are linked to alcohol consumption. Drink driving remains the second biggest killer on EU roads. The principle of zero tolerance for drink driving should inform policy – with adequate enforcement using random checks and breath testing.

Reflections on decline in youth drinking - why are we surprised?

Reflections on decline in youth drinking - why are we surprised?

Earlier this year Eurocare had the opportunity to participate in the Thematic Meeting of the Kettil Bruun Society in Krakow (Poland) focusing on youth drinking in decline.

Alcohol consumption, harm and policy response fact sheets for 30 European countries, WHO 2018

Alcohol consumption, harm and policy response fact sheets for 30 European countries, WHO 2018

In Europe, people continue to consume more alcohol than in any other place in the world

A recent WHO report shows that rates of harmful alcohol consumption in Europe have not dropped as expected, even though all countries have signed the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020.

The “Status report on alcohol consumption, harm and policy responses in 30 European countries 2019”, which uses data gathered from 2010 to 2016, shows that over 290 000 people lose their life in Europe per year from alcohol-attributable causes, and urges stronger policy action by countries to help reduce the numbers.

G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration on Global Health

G20 Osaka Leaders’ Declaration on Global Health

Health is a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. We recall our commitment to moving towards achieving universal health coverage according to national contexts and priorities. We look forward to the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

Report from the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, Edinburgh 20-21 November 2018

Report from the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference, Edinburgh 20-21 November 2018

On behalf of SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and Eurocare (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) we are delighted to publish this summary
of discussions that took place during the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference (8EAPC) at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Scotland, on 20th and
21st November 2018. This was the eighth in a series of very successful European Alcohol Policy Conferences (Warsaw 2004, Helsinki 2006, Barcelona 2008,
Brussels 2010, Stockholm 2012, Brussels 2014 and Ljubljana 2016).

Civil Society Guide for a Healthy Europe

Civil Society Guide for a Healthy Europe

Civil society organisations from across sectors, such as health, development, environment, food, agriculture, social affairs, trade, have developed a Guide & Phone book on how newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) can improve people's health in Europe and beyond by ensuring the implementation of a Health in All Policies approach.

Better monitoring and support needed to accelerate reductions in youth drinking and binge drinking

Better monitoring and support needed to accelerate reductions in youth drinking and binge drinking

A new WHO report presents an evaluation of progress on the Action Plan on Youth Drinking and on Heavy Episodic Drinking (Binge Drinking) (2014–2016). It points out that while important efforts have been made to reduce youth and binge drinking in the WHO European Region, better monitoring and support for implementing evidence-based policies are needed to accelerate progress.

Joint WHO-EU project reveals difficult truths about alcohol consumption in Europe

Joint WHO-EU project reveals difficult truths about alcohol consumption in Europe

The “Monitoring of national policies related to alcohol consumption and harm reduction” project (MOPAC) held its final meeting in Edinburgh on 19 November, where it presented its findings, which indicate that the harm caused by alcohol is still significant, and that reducing it will require increased efforts.

STAD in Europe manual

STAD in Europe manual

Recently, the STAD in Europe manual was published. This manual describes how to tackle alcohol related problems by decreasing alcohol service to underage and intoxicated people through the Swedish “STAD-approach”.
STAD is a cost effective community approach that has been running in Sweden for over 20 years and is now being implemented in other EU countries.

This manual is the result of the STAD in Europe project that experimented with implementing the STAD approach in several EU countries and settings. The manual summarises the lessons learned from these seven pilot implementations.


The manual is available as free download at http://stadineurope.eu/resources/sie-manual/

Alcohol and mental health

Alcohol and mental health

Alcohol is a depressant and while the first drink or two can have a disinhibiting effect, over a more extended period the effects of alcohol abuse can contribute to the development of mental health problems.

Alcohol and cancer

Alcohol and cancer

Danish Cancer Society are raising awareness about the link between alcohol and cancer. Have a look at this video.

Alcohol and Obesity

Alcohol and Obesity

Remarkably few consumers are well-informed about the calorific content of their alcoholic drinks. Alcohol has a comparatively high energy content, each gram of alcohol contains 7.1 calories – for comparison, a gram of fat contains 9.

Alcohol industry lobbying in France

Alcohol industry lobbying in France

ANPAA publishes its second report on the practices of alcohol lobbies, which analyzes strategies implemented by the alcohol lobby to circumvent the Loi Evin and highlights the influence of this industry on public policies.

Ten proposals for a more clear-headed EU

Ten proposals for a more clear-headed EU

Eurocare Swedish member - IOGT-NTO issued an appeal to politicians ahead of European Parliament elections in May this year.

Enfin une campagne de prévention du risque Alcool !

Enfin une campagne de prévention du risque Alcool !

A partir du 26 mars, Santé publique France lance une grande campagne visant à réduire les risques et les dommages liés à la consommation d'alcool. C’est la première campagne en direction de la population générale depuis bien longtemps.

Alcohol Awareness Week in Germany “Alcohol? Less is better!” from 18 to 26 May 2019

Alcohol Awareness Week in Germany “Alcohol? Less is better!” from 18 to 26 May 2019

This year, the focus is on “Alcohol – not at the workplace!”. Especially companies are called to campaign for alcohol prevention.

Successful participation in the first summit on irresponsible tourism in the Balearic Islands

Successful participation in the first summit on irresponsible tourism in the Balearic Islands

The Balearic Government, European Alcohol Policy Alliance, IREFREA, The Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and University of the Balearic Islands had the pleasure to host Rethinking Your Travel - An Open Debate, on 13th February 2019 in Palma, Mallorca.

European Award for Reducing Alcohol Harm 2018 goes to Estonia

European Award for Reducing Alcohol Harm 2018 goes to Estonia

Estonia has been awarded the EARAH award at the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference in Edinburgh for their extraordinary commitment to alcohol policy.

Alcohol and Cancer – the connection we don’t make

Alcohol and Cancer – the connection we don’t make

Since 1987, connections between alcohol intake and cancer of the breast, colorectum and liver have also been identified.
If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. 
Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention. 

Tournée Minérale: a month without alcohol in Belgium

Tournée Minérale: a month without alcohol in Belgium

After the overwhelming success of the previous years, De DrugLijn and the Foundation against Cancer are again joining forces for a new 'Tournée Minérale'. The campaign calls on all Belgians to say 'no' to alcohol in February, for the first time or again.

Consommation d’alcool : combien de morts faut-il attendre avant la mise en œuvre d’une politique de réduction des risques réellement efficace ?

Consommation d’alcool : combien de morts faut-il attendre avant la mise en œuvre d’une politique de réduction des risques réellement efficace ?

Les consommations d’alcool sont à l’origine de 41 000 décès par an en France, une mortalité évitable largement supérieure à celle observée dans nombre d’autres pays européens.

Alors que la consommation d’alcool ne baisse plus depuis 5 ans, l’ANPAA appelle le Gouvernement à promouvoir une politique de réduction des risques sanitaires et des dommages sociaux enfin à la hauteur de l’enjeu.

Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

Health at a Glance: Europe 2018

Many lives could be saved by redoubling efforts to prevent unhealthy lifestyles. Some 790 000 EU citizens die prematurely each year from tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption (70.212 people), unhealthy diets and lack of physical activity. Policies to control tobacco and harmful consumption of alcohol or to halt obesity therefore need to be actively pursued.

We are still number one but hopefully not for long – Europe’s alcohol consumption

We are still number one but hopefully not for long – Europe’s alcohol consumption

WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2018

Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community

Irish Alcohol Bill welcomed as a ground-breaking measure by European health community

The Irish Public Health (Alcohol) Bill presents a set of measures to prevent alcohol related harm, which follow latest evidence base in the field of alcohol policy and recommendations of the World Health Organization.

WHO Europe: Adolescents drink less, although levels of alcohol consumption are still dangerously high

WHO Europe: Adolescents drink less, although levels of alcohol consumption are still dangerously high

A new WHO report, Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014, provides new insights into data collected over 12 years on adolescent drinking.

Ireland on the right track to prevent alcohol related harm and save lives #phabsaveslives

Ireland on the right track to prevent alcohol related harm and save lives #phabsaveslives

Alcohol Action and European Alcohol Policy Alliance welcome the passing of the Public Health Alcohol Bill by Dáil Éireann and look forward to its enactment shortly after its final reading before Seanad Éireann.

‘Dying for a drink’: New report calls for ‘professional optimism’ to support recovery from alcohol problems

‘Dying for a drink’: New report calls for ‘professional optimism’ to support recovery from alcohol problems

SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) has published a new report, ‘Dying for a drink’, following research commissioned by the Scottish Government.

French government under pressure from powerful lobbies

French government under pressure from powerful lobbies

In public health sector, ANPAA as all the civil society actors face continuously powerful lobbies (agri-food, tobacco, alcohol…). Agnès Buzyn, Minister for Solidarity and Health and scientist, was even forced to backtrack when she said on TV that wine was alcohol like the others. Why such a turnaround? Because Audrey Bourolleau, the Agriculture Adviser of the President Macron, is also the former Executive Director of the lobby Vin & Société.

 Drunk, disruptive air passenger numbers on the rise

Drunk, disruptive air passenger numbers on the rise

Fit to Fly, by the Institute of Alcohol Studies and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, found that the majority (51%) of Brits believe there is a serious problem with excessive alcohol consumption in air travel. Drunk passengers who become aggressive on planes threaten the safety of other passengers, including children. Cabin crew have reported being sexually assaulted, kicked, punched and headbutted by drunk passengers.

VAD is bezorgd over de verregaande samenwerking rond verantwoord drinken  tussen de KU Leuven, UZ Leuven en de stad Leuven met bierproducent, AB-Inbev.

VAD is bezorgd over de verregaande samenwerking rond verantwoord drinken tussen de KU Leuven, UZ Leuven en de stad Leuven met bierproducent, AB-Inbev.

Dat de universiteit, de ziekenhuizen en de stad initiatieven ondersteunen op vlak van gezondheid en alcoholgebruik is zeker welkom. De rol van de alcoholindustrie daarin roept echter vragen op.

Alcohol industry actions to reduce harmful drinking in Europe: public health or public relations?

Alcohol industry actions to reduce harmful drinking in Europe: public health or public relations?

CSR activities conducted by the alcohol industry in the WHO European Region are unlikely to contribute to WHO targets but may have a public-relations advantage for the alcohol industry.

Communiqué d’experts - Risque Alcool : Monsieur le Président, écoutez les Français !

Communiqué d’experts - Risque Alcool : Monsieur le Président, écoutez les Français !

La classe politique est en total décalage avec l'opinion comme le démontre un sondage Opinionway publié le 14 juin par la Ligue nationale contre le cancer.

Prevention plan of the French alcohol lobby does nothing for health

Prevention plan of the French alcohol lobby does nothing for health

Media reports in France uncovered the intensity of the Elysée, relationship with the alcohol lobby, with the former lobbyist of Vin & Société as a close Advisor to the President Macron.

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