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RAHRA conference: reducing alcohol related harm
On 13 and
14 October 2016 the European Joint Action on reducing alcohol related harm
(RARHA) organised its final conference in Lisbon.
created to continue work on key priorities of the EU alcohol strategy. All
Member States joined the action, together with Switzerland, Norway and Iceland.
The Action counts with more than 70 partners, including WHO, ECD health
Division and Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.
work on monitoring had had as main objective to provide a comparative
assessment and monitoring of alcohol consumption, including drinking levels and
alcohol related harms across Europe. In this sense, SEAS – a standardized
European Alcohol Survey was put forward in 20 European Countries. As a result a
common survey methodology was elaborated and data from surveys from 2008-2012
were gathered for comparative assessments. Over 32.000 interviews were
completed. Some of the results of the survey show that:
Over 20% of
men and over 10% of women in countries represented drink in an hazardous way,
at least once a month;
countries with high alcohol taxes and prices and practically no border control
(like in the Nordic countries), travelers’ alcohol imports are a crucial source
of unrecorded supply, while in wine-tradition countries major sources of
unrecorded supply are domestic wine as well as domestic spirits;
to 50% of the people interviewed support alcohol measures such as high prices,
restrictions on number outlets, time restrictions and advertising bans. 80%
support random breath testing in drivers;
members to continue implementing voluntary measures to decrease alcohol related
harm at national level, especially focusing on: enforcing age limits when
selling and serving alcohol and developing education and information programmes
on responsible drinking;
and HOTREC members to continue implementing Alcohol Forum commitments.
welcomes the results of WHO report stating that adolescent alcohol use has
decreased in most European and North American countries and regions since the
beginning of the 21st century;
believes on the added value of the Alcohol Forum, as it is a platform to
exchange best practices and where the ultimate goal is decreasing alcohol
looks forward to the Commission announcement on what will be the next steps
with regard to the alcohol policy.