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NCJ Number: 147859 Find in a Library
Corporate Author: World Health Organization
Regional Office for Europe
Editor(s): A Paton
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: World Health Organization
Copenhagen, Denmark
Publication Number: EUR/ICP/ADA 035
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Denmark
Annotation: The European Alcohol Action Plan describes ways to help european member states prevent the health risks and social consequences arising from alcohol use.
Abstract: Europe has the highest alcohol consumption in the world. Health and social services, transportation, the workplace, and criminal justice systems bear the brunt of alcohol-related harm. In some of the countries of Europe, the economic burden is estimated to account for 2-3 percent of gross national product, and alcohol can be responsible for 8-10 percent of deaths in the age range 16-74. To help member states reduce overall alcohol consumption and combat high-risk behavior, the Plan's authors suggest five areas for immediate action: (1) Public policies which relate to alcohol in member states; (2) Consensus with international agencies in joint action; (3) Settings that promote health; (4) Primary health care; and (5) Support systems. The World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe will: (1) coordinate implementation of the Plan; (2) develop an effective network of appropriate partners; (3) provide staff resources and financial support from its regular budget. To ensure that it has a sustained impact, the Action Plan will continue until the year 2000. Figures, references, appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances
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