Alcohol use

Alcohol intake in the WHO European Region is the highest in the world. The harmful use of alcohol is related to premature death and avoidable disease and is a major avoidable risk factor for neuropsychiatric disorders, cardiovascular diseases, cirrhosis of the liver and cancer. It is associated with several infectious diseases and contributes significantly to unintentional and intentional injuries. Further, excessive alcohol use during a woman’s pregnancy can lead to severe mental handicap of her child.

WHO/Europe's alcohol policy framework

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New report showcases eastern European and central Asian countries as pioneers in cost-effective alcohol policies

WHO has published a new report which showcases the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – as pioneers in implementing the most cost-effective policies to reduce alcohol intake and alcohol-attributable harm in the WHO European Region.

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Policy resource

European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020

The European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012–2020 includes a range of evidence-based policy options to reduce the harmful use of alcohol.

Data and statistics

1 in 5 people

Aged 15 years+ report heavy episodic drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion, or 60g alcohol) at least once a week.


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