NGOs call for a comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the EU 2013-2020

Call for action

A growing list of NGOs at both European and Member States level are calling for a comprehensive Alcohol Policy Strategy in the European Union 2013-2020.

Eurocare is leading this call for a new Alcohol Policy Strategy. The signatories would like to call in the Ministries of Health in Europe to acknowledge the need for a comprehensive alcohol policy framework. The Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action are meeting on 17th November and the NGOs urge them to put forward a request to the European Commission for a future European Alcohol Strategy 2013-2020.

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare, is very happy for the broad commitments from all over Europe. "This is a very clear signal to both the Member States and the European Commission of the need for an alcohol strategy after 2012".

A self-regulatory approach to alcohol marketing and health warning labels has recently been put forward as an important element in a new EU Alcohol Strategy. However, self-regulation has proved not to fulfil its purpose. For example back in 2007 the UK Government tried a voluntary labelling scheme. Regrettably, the industry did not keep its own promises and only 15% complied with the agreement they drafted themselves.

"The alcohol industry has had more than a fair chance to prove self-regulation can work", says Andrea Lavesson, President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. "Evidence shows that self-regulation does not work for protecting children and youth".

Europe is still the heaviest drinking region in the world, and the problems arising from alcohol harm are not only matters for Member States alone, but need to be addressed at the EU level to be effectively solved.

Expert health and safety organisations from all over Europe are calling for European Commission and the governments to take concrete and binding decisions that will help us all to address the alcohol related harm in the new EU Alcohol Strategy.

Include your organisation by going to to read the call to action and sign the list of signatories.

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