Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and SocietyComments Off on Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society

        

CPME publication date: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
At its meeting on 27 October 2006 in Brussels, the CPME Board adopted a
                
 Statement on Reducing the Global Impact of Alcohol on Health and Society  (referring to CPME 2006/074 EN/FR)
The Standing Committee of European Doctors welcomes the efforts of the EU Commission to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on health and society. As underlined in the EU communication, overall 4% of the burden of disease and 3.2% of all deaths globally are attributable to alcohol.
It has to be recognized that the patterns, context and overall level of alcohol consumption influence the health of the population as a whole.
Alcohol cannot be considered an ordinary beverage or consumer commodity since it is a drug that causes substantial medical, psychological and social harm by means of physical toxicity, intoxication and dependence.
In order to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol its overall consumption must be brought down. This goal has to be taken into account in all policies in the society. The most effective ways of reducing alcohol consumption are to control its pricing, availability and promotion. Special emphasis ought to be given to alcohol consumption of the under-aged, effects of alcohol consumption on third parties as well as alcohol consumption related to driving.
For the full statement see the annex.
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