Alcohol and Substance Abuse
WHO Report Urges Action to Reduce the Health Impact of Harmful Drinking
Washington DC and Geneva , 11 February 2011 (PAHO/WHO)—A report launched today by the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for urgent action to reduce harmful alcohol use, which kills some 2.5 million people annually and contributes to nonfatal illnesses and injuries across the globe. The Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health presents data collected in countries around the world about the impact of excessive and hazardous use of alcohol.
New Global Alcohol Strategy of the WHO supports limiting the impact of alcohol marketing
Geneva, 21 May 2010 (WHO)-On the 20th of May, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution that endorsed a Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. The strategy highlights the effectiveness of focusing on evidence-based policies regarding pricing, availability and marketing of alcoholic beverages.
When addressing alcohol marketing, the strategy describes the need to limit the volume of alcohol marketing in order to decrease alcohol-related harm. Additionally, alcohol advertising appealing to youth is a serious issue mentioned. International marketing techniques and advertising and sponsorship of alcohol in various new media is mentioned as a significant concern in some countries. The strategy addresses, in particular, the potential harmful effects to young people in lower and middle-inclime countries with a current low prevalence of alcohol consumption or high abstinence rates.
Panama intensifies the fight against hazardous and harmful alcohol use
Panama, 3 February 2010 (PAHO / WHO in Panama)-In the context of the multilateral cooperation agreement signed between the Autonomous Community of Valencia (Spain) and the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization, Panama developed a national workshop for the reinforcement and implementation of brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking. Brief interventions have proven effective and are becoming more increasingly valuable in the management of individuals at risk for hazardous and harmful alcohol use, thus filling the gaps between primary prevention efforts and more intensive treatment for people with severe disorders caused by alcohol consumption.
On 14th October 2010, the Mentor International Prevention Awards 2010 will be presented by Her Majesty the Queen of Sweden in Washington, D.C. The awards celebrate promise and achievement in drug abuse prevention globally. Awards are open to all non-government organizations working in the field of drug abuse prevention. Cash prizes will be awarded in three categories: Achievement, Innovation and Youth 'Big Idea'. The deadline for applications is 31st May 2010. For more information and application instructions, please visit: http://awards.mentorfoundation.org/
On Monday, February 22, 2010, the Center for Addiction and Mental Health will launch Drug Policy and the Public Health, a comprehensive new book and resource for evidence-based drug policy, in Toronto, Canada. The book's authors will discuss the book's findings and the role of scientific knowledge for drug policy locally, nationally, and internationally. Video conferencing will also be available.
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