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The EU Alcohol Strategy: Act Now!

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Tuesday 25 Nov 2014

Awareness week on Alcohol Related Harms 2014

This week is the second Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm,  24th to 28th November – and Nessa Chlders MEP co-hosted a breakfast seminar to highlight the need for an EU Alcohol Strategy.

‘The aim of the week is to raise awareness among EU policy makers of the harm caused by alcohol and the need for an integrated approach to tackle them.  The EU is the highest-drinking region in the world, with alcohol-related costs amounting to €155.8 billion every year.

‘There is a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and a range of mental and behavioural disorders, including alcohol dependence, other non-communicable conditions such as liver diseases, some cancers, cardiovascular diseases, as well as injuries resulting from violence and road accidents.

‘The European Commission has not given a satisfactory reason for why the review of the Alcohol Strategy wasn’t published last year, as promised.  The next version should look into minimum pricing, include more research and health recommendations.

You will find further information about AWARH 2014 at www.awarh.eu