|Titre :||Alcohol policies in EU member states and Norway. A collection of country reports|
|Auteurs :||E. OSTERBERG, Editeur scientifique ; T. KARLSSON, Editeur scientifique|
|Type de document :||Rapport|
|Editeur :||Bruxelles : Commission Européenne / European Commission, 2002|
|Format :||468 p. / ann., tabl., fig.|
|Discipline :||SAN (Santé publique / Public health)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEALCOOL ; POLITIQUE ; CONSOMMATION ; BOISSON ALCOOLISEE ; TAXE ; PUBLICITE ; COMMERCE ; PREVENTION ; RECOMMANDATION
Thésaurus GéographiqueUNION EUROPEENNE ; EUROPE ; NORVEGE
Fighting alcohol-related harm is a public health priority in many Member States, and also at EU level. The new European Public Health Action Programme (2003-2008) strongly underlines this priority and will consider inappropriate use of alcohol, alongside with tobacco use, as one of the key health determinants.
In the framework of the current Health Promotion Programme, the European Commission already supported the European Comparative Alcohol Study (ECAS). The previous volume from the ECAS project established that per capita alcohol consumption in Europe was very high, but somehow the quantity consumed and the manner of alcohol consumption were changing. For example, in the recent past countries where wine is more consumed experienced a declining trend of alcohol consumption while other countries had opposite trends. Within the EU therefore, the differences have been diminishing; the traditionally dominating beverages have been losing ground to other beverages, as drinking patterns become similar.
This volume is devoted to national policies in EU and Norway, proposes some important conclusions and welcomes the convergence of alcohol policies of Member States. In the opinion of policy makers and scientists, the main indicators of alcohol-related risks are per capita alcohol consumption and drinking patterns. Alcohol policies must be tailored according to the weight those indicators are given, respecting also the cultural traditions of the Member States.
For policies to be effective, a mixture of approaches is needed involving all the concerned sectors, for example legislators, educators, alcohol producers and information providers, such as the mass media.
Strong, co-ordinated actions are required to prevent the considerable public health consequences associated with inappropriate alcohol consumption. However, alcohol is also part of our culture and it could take time to reduce alcohol-related harm. [Extract]
|Domaine :||Alcool / Alcohol|