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Title: Reduction of the harmful use of alcohol: a strategy for the WHO African Region
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 60
Issue Date: 26-May-2011
Language: English
Abstract: 1. Public health problems related to alcohol consumption are substantial and have a significant adverse impact on both the alcohol user and the society. In the African Region, the alcohol attributable burden of disease is increasing with an estimated total of deaths attributable to harmful use of alcohol of 2.1% in 2000, 2.2% in 2002 and 2.4% in 2004. However, with new evidence suggesting a relationship between heavy drinking and infectious diseases, alcohol-attributable deaths in the African Region could be even higher. 2. No other product so widely available for consumer use accounts for so much premature death and disability as alcohol. Alcohol-related problems and their adverse impact result not only from the quantities of alcohol consumed but also from the detrimental patterns of use. Effective and adequate policy measures and interventions, surveillance mechanisms and public awareness need to be developed or enforced in the Region. 3. The Strategy aims to contribute to the prevention and reduction of harmful use of alcohol and related problems in the Region. It reviews the regional situation and provides a framework for action in Member States and for the Region, taking into consideration the global developments. The Strategy is intended to provide balanced guidance on priority interventions to be implemented, taking into account the Region’s economic, social and cultural diversity. 4. The Regional Committee is invited to review and endorse this proposed Strategy
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Sixtieth Session Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 30 August–3 September 2010: Provisional agenda item 7.2
Subject: Alcohol-Induced Disorders
Regional Health Planning
Context: prevention and control
adverse effects
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC60/4
Other Language Versions: français
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