Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Countries Can Do More to Prevent Harmful Alcohol Use

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Countries Can Do More to Prevent Harmful Alcohol Use

Article excerpt

An estimated 3.3 million deaths in 2012 were due to the harmful use of alcohol, according to a new WHO report.

Europe is the region with the highest consumption of alcohol per capita and some of its countries have particularly high consumption rates, according to the Global status report on alcohol and health 2014.

While consumption levels have been largely stable over the last five years in Europe, Africa and the Americas, increases have been reported in south-east Asia and the western Pacific.

The report, which was released last month, provides country profiles for alcohol consumption in WHO's Member States. It reviews progress in their alcohol policy development since they endorsed the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol in 2010 and, more recently, set themselves the voluntary target of a 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol by 2025.

The report highlights the need for countries to develop policies to reduce harmful use of alcohol--66 WHO Member States had already done this by the end of 2012--and to step up national awareness-raising activities (nearly 140 countries reported at least one such activity in the past three years). …

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