Alcohol in Europe:Towards a sustainable alcohol policy in Europe

24/04/2007

Alcohol in Europe:Towards a sustainable alcohol policy in Europe, 25c April, 2007

On Wednesday 25 April 2007 a Health and Consumer Intergroup meeting took place on Alcohol in Europe:Towards a sustainable alcohol policy in Europe.

According to the World Health Organization, alcohol is the third most important risk factor, after smoking and raised blood pressure, for European ill health and premature death.

All countries of the European Union face are affected by alcohol related harm. Despite different historic cultural patterns, drinking patterns across Europe are converging. In particular the pattern of binge drinking by young people is spreading throughout Europe and worrying in terms of their longterm health.

The European Parliament is now discussing the EU Alcohol strategy, in parallel with the reform of the wine common market organisation. In that context, the intergroup aims to discuss alcohol related harm, taking into account a diversity of views on the matter:

At the meeting the following issues were discussed: What are the agricultural, social and health problems related to alcohol and how can they be prevented?

Alcohol in Europe: Towards a sustainable alcohol policy in Europe (PDF 566kb)

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