Call for action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol
Countries agree to fight the harmful use of alcohol with global strategy
21 MAY 2010 | GENEVA — For the first time, delegations from all 193 Member States of World Health Organization (WHO) reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a resolution to confront the harmful use of alcohol — which contributes to poor health globally, can devastate families and damage the structure of communities.
The policy options and interventions available for national action can be grouped into 10 recommended target areas, which should be seen as supportive and complementary to each other. These 10 areas are: (a) leadership, awareness and commitment (b) health services’ response (c) community action (d) drink–driving policies and countermeasures (e) availability of alcohol (f) marketing of alcoholic beverages (g) pricing policies (h) reducing the negative consequences of drinking and alcohol intoxication (i) reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol (j) monitoring and surveillance.