European health and safety organisations call for stricter EU-coordinated alcohol policies

25/11/2009

EuroSafe has brought together twelve European health and safety umbrella organisations in a joint policy statement on 'Alcohol and injuries', issued on 25 November 2009 at the occasion of the second European Public Health Conference in Lódz, Poland.

In this policy statement (PDF 122kb), these twelve organisations call for stricter EU-coordinated alcohol policies in order to effectively reduce injuries and violence due to alcohol.

In a joint policy statement, issued 25 November 2009, twelve European health and safety umbrella organisations are calling the EU Council of Ministers of Health for stricter EU-coordinated alcohol policies. They urge the EU Council of Ministers of Health:

  • To ensure minimum pricing policies, sales restrictions and discount bans in all Member States;
  • To introduce a EU- labelling system for alcohol products informing consumers of the specific risks related to alcohol consumption; and
  • To adopt the principle of zero tolerance to alcohol consumption before driving or at work by reducing BAC- levels to 0,2 maximum throughout Europe.

Alcohol consumption forms an integral part of the European culture. Fortunately, a large majority of those who consume alcohol do so in moderation. However, the European region is the heaviest drinking region in the world, consuming on average more than 2,5 times as much alcohol as the rest of the world. Alcohol is a toxic substance and is a major risk factor for accidents and injuries. Around 40% of all unintentional and intentional injury deaths are attributed to alcohol consumption in Europe.

In a joint policy statement, twelve European umbrella organisations working in the field of health and safety in Europe, call upon the Ministers of Health to endorse the EU-Presidency initiative and to decide for more vigorous alcohol policies in order to effectively reduce injuries and violence due to alcohol. The Ministers are urged to work towards a much stricter regulation and enforcement of controls on the marketing, sale and consumption of alcohol. There must also be a renewed effort to increase risk awareness among consumers.

The following twelve European umbrella organisations are endorsing the statement on 'Alcohol and injuries':

  1. European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  2. European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE)
  3. La Prévention Routière Internationale (PRI)
  4. European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR)
  5. European Public Health Association/Injury Prevention Section (EUPHA)
  6. European Society for Emergency Medicine (EuSEM)
  7. European Network of Safety and Health Professional Organisations (ENSHPO)
  8. International Life Saving Federation of Europe (ILSE)
  9. Network for International Collaboration on Evidence in Suicide Prevention (NICE-SP)
  10. Federation of the EU Fire Officer Association (FEU)
  11. European YOUTH Forum (EYF)
  12. European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe).

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