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 storyNew Alcohol policy timeline database
WHO/Europe is launching a new database that provides access to information on major steps taken or milestones reached in the development of policy and action to reduce alcohol-related harm in the WHO European Region from 2006 to present.
- Public health successes and missed opportunities - Russian version now online
- Just published: "Prevention of harm caused by alcohol exposure in pregnancy", in Russian
- Health inequalities and young people’s drinking in focus at the 2017 Danish national alcohol conference
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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.
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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