Lessons For Alcohol Policy From The Coronavirus Crisis

Lessons For Alcohol Policy From The Coronavirus Crisis

On Thursday, 27 May 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 am (EDT), join us in the webinar Lessons For Alcohol Policy From The Coronavirus Crisis”, a joint event organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Movendi International, NCD Alliance and the Pan American Organization.

The coronavirus crisis has brought into sharp focus the burden alcohol harms place on health systems in particular and societies in general. The pandemic has also shown that evidence-based alcohol policy interventions are impactful in protecting people and promoting health system functioning. But the alcohol industry is also attempting to exploit the crisis for their commercial benefits. Major reports have provided unique and timely insights into these lethal interactions between alcohol and COVID-19.

This event aims to take stock of the state of the art of global and regional experiences and knowledge around alcohol and the pandemic.

It maps the needs for addressing alcohol harm going forward. What’s the role of alcohol prevention and control for building back better in the coming months and years? This event will provide key insights and chart the way forward.


How to participate









  • Opening: Kristina Sperkova  –  International President, Movendi International
  • Introduction
    Dr Anselm Hennis Director NCDs and Mental Health, Pan American Health Organization

  • The Americas situation: Alcohol consumption, harm and policy in the region.
    Lessons from the COVID-19.

    Dr Maristela Monteiro  Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse,  Pan American Health Organization

  • The European situation: Alcohol consumption, harm, policy in the region.
    Lessons from the COVID-19.

    Dr Carina Ferreira-Borges  Acting Head of the WHO European Office for 
    the Prevention and Control of  NCDs

  • The global situation: Alcohol & COVID-19 
    Key findings from the report Lethal interaction between alcohol and the coronavirus.

    Per Leimar  Alcohol Policy Advisor, IOGT-NTO , Sweden

  • Signaling virtue: Big Alcohol and the pandemic. Key findings from the “Signaling virtue” report.
    Lucy Westerman  Policy and Campaigns Manager, NCD Alliance

  • Kenya’s plans and needs for alcohol policy development 
    Dr Mercy Wacera Karanja  Focal Person, Substance Use Management, Ministry of Health, Kenya

  • Sri Lanka’s plans and needs for alcohol policy development.
    Dr Rohan Ratnayake  Director, Directorate of Mental Health, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka

  • Addressing alcohol harm to promote healthier and stronger recovery after COVID-19
    Michele Cecchini  Senior Health Policy Analyst, Project Leader Public Health, OECD

  • Discussion
  • Final panel remarks
  • Closing

Time correspondence 


  • 5:00 am.– Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 6:00 am. – Kingston, Mexico City, Panamá City
  • 7:00 am. – Bridgetown, Castries, Georgetown, Nassau, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Washington DC
  • 8:00 am. – Brasilia, Paramaribo
  • 1:00 pm. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time in the following link