Alcohol use

Alcohol intake in the WHO European Region is the highest in the world. Harmful use of alcohol is related to premature death and avoidable disease and is a major avoidable risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular diseases, cirrhosis of the liver and cancer. It is associated with several infectious diseases and contributes significantly to unintentional and intentional injuries. Further, excessive alcohol use during a woman’s pregnancy can lead to severe mental handicap of her child.

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Q&A – How can I drink alcohol safely?

There is no safe level for drinking alcohol. The ideal situation is to not drink at all.

Q&A on alcohol

Publications

Status report on alcohol and health in 35 European countries 2013



Now updated part 2 for all 53 European Member States

Part 2

Multimedia

Video: Unite in the fight against NCDs

Policy resource

European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020

The European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 includes a range of evidence-based policy options to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

Data and statistics

1 in 5 people

Aged 15 years+ report heavy episodic drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion, or 60g alcohol) at least once a week.


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