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Public Health (12-10-2016)

13-14 October 2016, Lisbon: Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol-related Harm shares its results

Today and tomorrow, in Lisbon, the partners of the Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol-related Harm (RARHA)(*), co-financed by the EU Health Programme, will present key results from this three-year project.

Notably, coordinators of RARHA's three key work packages will present results on

  1. Monitoring of drinking patterns and alcohol-related harm, including data and survey results on heavy episodic drinking, attitudes towards alcohol policy, and harm to others.
  2. Low risk drinking guidelines in RARHA partner countries and a common criterion for low risk, including findings such as the importance to legislate and enforce an 18-year minimum age for all alcoholic beverages across the EU.
  3. A toolkit for evidence based good practices in action to prevent alcohol related harm, including concrete examples of good practices in certain Member States.

European Commissioner for Health and Food Safey, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will give closing remarks at 13:00 on the second day of the conference.

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(*) RARHA is a 3 year action launched at the beginning of 2014 which aims to support EU countries in strengthening their capacity to address and reduce the harm associated with alcohol, in line with the EU Alcohol Strategy. It is coordinated by Portugal, with the participation of 32 associated partners from all 28 Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, and 29 collaborating partners, such as the EMCDDA, WHO, Pompidou Group and OECD, among others.