Countries Agree to Fight the Harmful Use of Alcohol with Global Strategy

May 27, 2010

For the first time, delegations from all 193 Member States of World Health Organization reached a consensus at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on a resolution to confront the harmful use of alcohol. Every year, the harmful use of alcohol kills 2.5 million people, including 320,000 young people between 15 and 29 years of age. It is the eighth leading risk factor for deaths globally, and harmful use of alcohol was responsible for almost 4 percent of all deaths in the world, according to the WHO’s estimates for 2004.

In addition to the resolution, a global strategy developed by WHO in close collaboration with Member States provides a portfolio of policy options and interventions for implementation at national level with the goal to reduce the harmful use of alcohol worldwide. The resolution endorses the strategy and urges countries to complement and support national responses to public health problems caused by the harmful use of alcohol.

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