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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 (...)

Report on women’s health in the European Union

Women and men have a different relation to diseases and therefore different needs. Aware of that, the European Commission published, on 21 January 2010, a report on women’s health in the European Union. You can find EPHA’s summarise of the report below. Women and men are not equal in their relation to disease: some are more commonly touching women, others are specific to them, and treatments can also sometimes differ. These differences explained the Commission’s will to (...)

“Promotion of Mental Health and Well-being of Children and Young People – Making it happen”

The Swedish Presidency, in cooperation with the European Commission, hosted a thematic conference on mental health and well-being among young people. The conference was the first in a series, to be organised in the framework of the European Pact for Mental Health and Well-being. EPHA was invited to participate in this conference along with a number of our member organisations. The objectives of the conference were as follows: Raise visibility about the importance of promoting mental (...)

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland publishes its study on consumers’ attitudes to food labelling

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) mandated the advertising research specialist, Ipsos MORI, to interview consumers aged 15 years and above on their understanding of the various forms of labelling used in Ireland. Published in December 2009, this article provides a summary of the results of the study. In Ireland, food labelling falls under the 2002 European Communities Regulations No. 483 with the goal of not misleading the consumer. Consumers face a number of different labelling (...)

EPHA Briefing on Minimum Pricing for Alcohol

In order to reduce levels of alcohol-related harm in Europe, there needs to be a targeted approach at Community level to reducing overall consumption of alcohol. There is a growing body of evidence which shows that price increases can have a substantial impact on reducing consumption, and consequently on alcohol-related harm. Pricing policy can therefore be an important part of an effective policy mix to tackle harmful and hazardous alcohol consumption. To read the full briefing, please (...)

EPHA Briefing on the Audiovisual Media Services Directive

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive has now came into force. EPHA has created a briefing on the Directive for EPHA Members. EPHA Members can access the briefing here. On 19 December 2007, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive came into force. The Directive covers all EU audiovisual media services (including on-demand services) and amends and renames the Television without Frontiers Directive. EPHA was heavily involved in the adoption of the Directive, which had a number of (...)

European Action on Sexual Health

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 (...)

New RCP article highlights projected impact of minimum prices for alcohol

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 (...)
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New European Parliament faces tough challenge on health

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 (...)

EPHA hosts seminar at the Swedish Presidency Alcohol Expert Conference

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 (...)

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