This document is an excerpt from the EUR-Lex website
EU alcohol strategy
WHAT DOES THIS COMMUNICATION DO?
It establishes a strategy to support EU countries in reducing the health, economic and social problems related to harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption.
The strategy sets priority themes, identifies the different levels of action and lists the measures taken by EU countries to encourage good practices. It also invites all other interested parties to take measures to reduce alcohol-related harm. Action by the European Commission has complemented national strategies in this area.
Protecting young people, childrenand the unborn child — this includes 3 specific aims:
Reducing alcohol-related road deaths and injuries
Informing, educating and raising awareness — particular emphasis is placed on the impact of harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption on:
Developing, supporting and maintaining a common evidence base — gathering comparable information on a number of issues including:
Supporting EU countries
The EU’s role in this strategy is to complement the efforts of EU countries, add value to their actions and to enable EU countries to work together to deal with common issues.
A 3-year joint action on reducing alcohol-related harm (RARHA), funded under the EU health programme, started in January 2014. It aims to support EU countries’ progress towards common priorities in line with the EU alcohol strategy, and to help them to address and reduce alcohol-related harm.
Implementation of the Strategy
Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions: An EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol-related harm (COM(2006) 625 final of 24.10.2006)
last update 13.01.2016