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).
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.
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.