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Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) is starting on the 31 January 2014

21 January 2014

RARHA, funded by the European Union under the second EU Health Programme, is a 3 years action aiming at supporting  Member States to take forward work on common priorities in line with the EU Alcohol Strategy and strengthen Member States’ capacity to address and reduce the harm associated with alcohol.

Member States will be mobilised to take-up of common survey methodology to obtain comparable data for monitoring progress in reducing alcohol related harm at national and EU level and for benchmarking national developments against wider trends.

A common ground in communication on alcohol related harm will be widened, providing a guidance for policy makers on the scientific basis and policy implications of low risk drinking guidelines.

A Tool–Kit of good practice approaches in information dissemination will be developed, taking into account effectiveness, transferability, relevance, costs and usefulness.

The Joint Action intents also to contribute to the health and wellbeing of the EU citizens and to reduce costs to health systems and the wider economy.

The joint action RARHA will be coordinated by Portugal, with the participation of 32 associated partners from 27 Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, and  28 collaborating partners, such as the EMCDDA, WHO, Pompidou Group and OECD, among others.


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