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Markos Kyprianou

Presidency of the European Union

Austria 2006 - Presidency of the European Union



Alcohol is a key public health and social concern across the Community. Europe has the highest proportion of drinkers in the world, the highest levels of alcohol consumption per population and a high level of alcohol-related harm. The consequences of this include a considerable number of fatalities on EU roads, a broad social impact such as violence, hooliganism, crime, family problems and social exclusion, as well as low productivity at work. Alcohol is responsible for the premature death and disability of 12% of males and 2% of females in the EU.