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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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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