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Drinks industry should change way it works to help lower alcohol deaths

Reducing deaths from alcohol-related liver disease need not affect the bottom line of the drinks industry, according to a new article published in Clinical Medicine, the journal of EPHA member the Royal College of Physicians. Using the example of alcohol policy in France over the last 40 years, the study shows that by improving the quality, but reducing the quantity of wine produced, lives were saved while the industry continued to be profitable. The article also shows how damaging the (...)

EPHA position on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy

EPHA - the European Public Health Alliance has responded to the European Commission consultation on the Future of the Common Agriculture Policy, outlining what measures must be taken for a healthier Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) in Europe and outside of its boundaries. EPHA response to the consultation on CAP From a public health point of view, EPHA expects a CAP based on equity, the universal right to safe, affordable, nutritious food, as well as good governance and transparency in (...)

Europe’s politicians put women on ’red alert’ for their risks of cardiovascular disease

The fact that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women in Europe remains an underrecognised fact. On 27 April 2010 MEPs reunited to highlight it at an event entitled ’Red alert for Women’s hearts’ held in the European Parliament with the support of EPHA member the European Heart Network and the European Society of Cardiology. More women die from CVD than from all cancers combined, yet despite this many women - and many of their physicians - (...)

"Health in the European Union - Trends and analysis"

In 2009, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies published its ’’Health in the European Union - Trends and analysis" Report. The report investigates the existing differences between and within Member States regarding health status and access to health. Chronic diseases Cancer rates are generally on the increase in the EU. While men are generally more touched by cancer, with lung cancer the number one killer, national and regional differences exist too. (...)

Alcohol, tobacco and food high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt will see price increases in Denmark

Although alcohol and tobacco taxes are harmonised across Europe, while respecting the EU taxation harmonisation rules (minimum tax principle) Denmark has decided to go beyond the established minimum levels by taxing certain products higher. As part of its 2010 tax reform, Denmark intends to implement the following changes: increased taxation of tobacco ; In-store alcopops prices will increase. Cider as well as alcoholic drinks based on cider and fruit wines will also be hit; (...)

Is drink driving legislation effective? Release of 16th Road Safety PIN Flash

On 5 May 2010, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) launched its 16th Road Safety PIN Flash on the three major issues regarding road safety: tackling excessive speed, drink driving and non-use of seatbelts since 2001. Overall, the report shows a rather positive trend on road deaths due to the enforcement of drink driving legislation. Figures show an average of 5.8% decrease per year in alcohol related deaths, compared to a 4.2% decrease in other road deaths. These numbers should, (...)

Minimum pricing for alcohol: EPHA applauds landmark move by leading UK retailer

One of the largest retailers in the UK has publicly come out in support the introduction of minimum pricing for alcoholic beverages. EPHA welcomes this move as a step in the right direction to protecting citziens from alcohol-related harm. Minimum pricing for alcohol: EPHA applauds landmark move by leading UK retailer Brussels, 21 May 2010 The European Public Health Alliance welcomed today’s decision by the Chief Executive of Tesco Sir Terry Leahy to support the introduction of a (...)
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4th European Alcohol Policy Conference

With the aim of stimulating action in alcohol policy, EPHA member Eurocare organises the fourth European Alcohol Policy Conference that will take place on 21-22 June 2010 in Brussels. After three successful conferences that took place in 2004 (Warsaw), in 2006 (Helsinki) and 2008 (Barcelona), Eurocare chose Brussels to hold the fourth conference in order to involve an audience as wide as possible. The scope of the conference is to promote and disseminate knowledge about current thinking (...)

AGE Platform Europe issues position on mental health among older people

AGE Platform Europe has issued a position paper on the mental health and well-being of older people to contribute to the Spanish presidency conference on "Mental Health and Well-being among Older People". AGE Platform Europe’s position paper highlights actions to be taken at EU and national levels to improve the mental health of older people. These actions particularly focus on: Mental Health promotion Mental disorders prevention Older people in vulnerable situation (...)

An overwhelming majority of Europeans support public policies aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm

On 21 April 2010, the European Commission released a Eurobarometer survey on attitudes towards alcohol. The last study of this type took place in 2006. EPHA has summarised the findings of this new European-wide survey below. The Eurobarometer survey was conducted from 02-19 October 2009 in the form of face-to-face interviews. It focused on three main issues: alcohol consumption, awareness of risk and harm related to the harmful and hazardous use of alcohol, and whether or not the (...)

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