Alcohol intake in the WHO European Region is the highest in the world. The 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.WHO/Europe's alcohol policy framework
Top storyExpert advisory group to develop online train-the-trainer screening and brief interventions toolkit
An expert advisory group met in Lyngby, Denmark on 10 June 2016 to review a draft train-the-trainer toolkit, which is being developed to support Member States in introducing or expanding screening and brief intervention programmes in primary health care settings.
- Tajikistan takes steps to join the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children research network
- Strengthening national capacities on screening programmes for early detection of alcohol abuse
- Expert advisory group to develop online train-the-trainer screening and brief interventions toolkit
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Policy resourceEuropean 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.
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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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