The World Health Organization’s Executive Board adopted a resolution in January recommending the 63rd World Health Assembly to endorse the global strategy on the harmful use of alcohol in its meeting in
Geneva in May 2010. This document was generated after multiple consultations at the world level with Member States, nongovernmental organizations, health professionals, economic operators, and public consultation over the internet. The draft presents a consensus of a world strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol based on the best existing practices and on available evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions. In 2004, the harmful use of alcohol represented 3.8% of world mortality and 4.5% of the global burden of disease. You can view this document on WHO’s web page.