New WHO factsheets reveal Europe struggles to implement policies to reduce alcohol consumption

The WHO European Region struggles with one of the highest levels of alcohol-related deaths in the world. To discuss effective and evidence-based ways to reverse this trend, Member States met in Stockholm, Sweden, at the first regional consultation focused on the implementation of the European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020.

Participants reviewed ways to bring critical support to this process. The European action plan has supported the reduction of alcohol consumption since its adoption, but room for improvement remains. More than 3 million people died worldwide as a result of alcohol abuse in 2016, and 1 million of those deaths occurred in the European Region.

Read more about this on the WHO/Europe website: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/alcohol-use/news/news/2019/01/new-who-factsheets-reveal-europe-struggles-to-implement-policies-to-reduce-alcohol-consumption