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Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use: Endorsements and Statements of support



“The positive message of this book is that there are a number of cost effective alcohol policies that reduce total alcohol consumption and target those at risk. Implementing a broad range of alcohol policies at national level will make it possible to achieve WHO’s global NCD target of reducing harmful alcohol use by 10% by 2025.”
Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe

“This volume by OECD can is an important resource to policy makers, providing much needed evidence to discuss policy options for reducing the harmful use of alcohol. A must read for anybody involved in alcohol policy!”
Jurgen Rehm, Director, Social and Epidemiological Research (SER) Department, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada

“This book is an important resource for policy makers and academics who are working to bring an evidence-based approach to a matter of significant public health interest and concern. The issues addressed are of growing importance globally and this is a timely and important contribution to understanding them in both the domestic and global context.”
Jane Halton, Secretary of the Australian Department of Finance, former Chair of the World Health Assembly, former Chair of the OECD Health Committee 


Support to the report has been expressed by several ORGANISATIONS

The European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)
Eurocare welcomes the OECD Report “Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use”. Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, says: “Today OECD has presented a strong message to European Governments, the European Commission and the public health community. Even the most expensive interventions like health care and work place interventions are cost-effective and will give both an economic and health benefit when implemented”.
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The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
EPHA welcomes new evidence on the effectiveness of different policy measures to reduce alcohol related harm and costs to society and taxpayers. “The evidence for policy action to tackle the harmful effects of alcohol is overwhelming.” says Professor Nick Sheron, EU Alcohol and Health Forum Representative at the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and EPHA Scientific advisor on alcohol.
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UK Health Forum comments on new OECD report
Paul Lincoln, CEO of the UK Health Forum said: “This report is an alarm call for UK policy makers. Harmful drinking is associated with both acute and long-term health risks such as cancer and liver disease. It affects individuals, families and communities, and places a huge avoidable strain on the NHS and the economy. The OECD analysis highlights the benefits of combining a range of alcohol policies to achieve a ‘critical mass’”.
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European Association for the Study of the Liver
Dr Laurent Castera, EASL Secretary General, says that: “This is a strong message from OECD. Most alcohol policies are not expensive to implement and lead to great health, and economic benefits. Even the most expensive interventions like health care and work place interventions are cost-effective when implemented”. 
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The European Public Health Association (EUPHA)
“EUPHA welcomes the work that OECD has done to assemble the evidence base for action to tackle the severe health consequences of alcohol. In particular it strongly endorses the call for a combination of policies addressing both individual heavy drinkers and the overall level of consumption in the population”.
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