Increased support for European Alcohol and Health Forum


A second series of commitments aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm has been put forward by the members of the European Alcohol and Health Forum.

The 75 commitments range from initiatives from national non-profit organisations to increase awareness and understanding of the harmful effects of alcohol use to supermarket giants stepping up actions to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage children.

The European Alcohol and Health Forum, an initiative of the European Commission, was established on 7 June 2007 and is scheduled to meet twice a year. Its focus is on concrete actions to protect children and young people and to prevent irresponsible commercial alcohol communication and sales. The move comes at a time when an estimated 200,000 Europeans die every year because of harmful alcohol use. More than one out of four deaths among young men is attributed to alcohol.

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