Global alcohol policy
Globally, the harmful use of alcohol causes around 3.3 million deaths every year (5.9% of all deaths).
Alcohol use is the 5th leading risk factor for disease, injury and disability. In eastern Europe, most of Latin America and southern sub-Saharan Africa, it is the leading cause.
A Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol was adopted in 2010 at the World Health Assembly. The strategy focuses on 10 areas for national action:
- leadership, awareness and commitment
- health services' response
- community action
- drink-driving policies and countermeasures
- availability of alcohol
- marketing of alcoholic beverages
- pricing policies
- reducing the negative consequences of drinking and alcohol intoxication
- reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol
- monitoring and surveillance
European alcohol policy
At European level, the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020 was endorsed by 53 Member States in 2011, but there is a need for a more comprehensive strategy to tackle alcohol harm across Europe.
Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2015
Alcohol Focus Scotland co-hosted the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) which was held in Edinburgh from 7-9 October 2015. The event brought together over 400 participants from 60 countries to discuss evidence-based actions to reduce alcohol harm worldwide.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opened the conference - read her speech
Read the GAPC 2015 declaration (PDF)
Alcohol Focus Scotland produced a film for the conference, Alcohol: a global concern