On 13 January 2010, the European Commission hosted a meeting of the Sexual Health Forum. The Forum marks a step towards the formation of a EU strategy on sexual health for young people. The overall aim of the Forum is to raise knowledge and awareness of the importance of sexual health and well-being for the overall health status of current and future generation.
According to Chair Robert Madelin (Director General, DG SANCO), discussions at the Forum were set against a background of (...)
Since the publication of a report by the Chief Medical Officer for England in 2001, showing a ninefold increase in cirrhosis in 25–44 year olds in the previous 30 years, there has been increasing concern in the UK about the harm to health caused by alcohol. A new article in the Journal of the Royal College of Physicians looks at Britain’s alcohol market and specifically how minimum alcohol prices could stop moderate drinkers subsidising those drinking at hazardous and harmful (...)
The newly elected Members of the European Parliament will play a key role in ensuring that health is high on the agenda and that it fits with citizens’ high expectations. This role will be even reinforced should the Lisbon Treaty enters into force. Here are some key policy challenges for the upcoming legislative term.
Promoting a health-friendly EU environment
Civil Society Organisations must be recognised as essential partners and the role of ‘health advocates’ in (...)
tobacco and smoking
On 22 September, EPHA hosted a seminar on pricing issues and the link to alcohol-related harm within the framework of the expert conference on alcohol and health.
The seminar welcomed expert speakers Dr. Nick Sheron and Jack Law for a discussion of the role that pricing policy for alcoholic beverages can play in helping to reduce alcohol-related harm in the European Union and beyond.
Representative of the Royal College of Physicians at the European Alcohol and Health Forum and Consultant (...)
Who are we?
Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is the national charity for alcohol issues, established in the early 1970’s as the Scottish Council on Alcohol (SCA) and becoming Alcohol Focus Scotland in 2001.
Who do we represent?
Our membership is drawn from a wide range of individuals and agencies from the voluntary and statutory sectors.
What is our mission?
To improve the quality of people’s lives by changing Scotland’s drinking culture - promoting responsible drinking (...)
In response to the European Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers, EPHA has developed a position with input from its members. EPHA recommends a mandatory European labelling scheme on the front and back of pack, with a traffic light system providing an intepretative element to help consumers make the healthiest choice.
Background on the Commission proposal
The new proposal combines two Directives (Dir 2000/13/EC and Dir 90/496/EEC) (...)
Eurocare is to co-organise a conference with the Swedish Presidency of the European Union to mark International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Day.
*Updated* with conference invitation and registration form
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the leading known cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in the EU.
It affects about 1% of people in the EU27 (i.e. nearly 5 million people) and is the only one that is 100% preventable.
Unfortunately, many women are not (...)
The Health and Europe Centre has announced that registration is now open for WASTED: An International Conference on Alcohol and Young People, which will take place at The Ashford International Hotel, Ashford, Kent on 20th November 2009.
The conference will provide examples of interventions trialled in a range of settings in the UK, Europe and North America, which have shown promising results in reducing alcohol consumption amongst children and young people. Speakers will include Tony (...)
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Each year, more than two million people die from alcohol-related causes. WHO was asked by its Member States in May at the World Health Assembly to develop a global strategy to combat the harmful use of alcohol. All parties with an interest in reducing the harmful use of alcohol are now invited to share their views in a public hearing being organized by WHO. The one-month web-based hearing will run between 3 and 31 October.
"The harmful use of alcohol is a leading risk factor for premature (...)