Call for Action – the future of alcohol policy in Europe

As WHO Europe´s alcohol action plan is getting close to its end (2012-2020), European alcohol policy is once again at a crossroads. The positions and actions of Member States in the coming weeks and months will decide how strong alcohol policy will be in the coming years.

With the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe already in a couple of weeks in Copenhagen and consultation of 53 Member States of the WHO European Region on 30 September – 1 October in Prague, Czech Republic, NordAN sent a Call for Action to relevant ministers and ministerial and elected officials of Nordic and Baltic countries. The Nordic Alcohol and Drug Policy Network calls on all Member States to collaborate in keeping alcohol among the priority themes.

“Various cross-border challenges that almost all states are facing require international collaboration and international guidelines on evidence-based policy. With open markets, growing digitalisation and improved understanding of alcohol’s effect, the need for the joint action is more significant than ever before.”

NordAN calls also “for improved and closer cooperation between the Member States and civil society organisations and for a strong commitment to keeping vested interests away from the alcohol policy discussion.”

Read the Call for Action

Read also NordAN´s views on growing evidence why there is a need for international cooperation in alcohol policy.