See latest WHO Europe summary highlighting the link between alcohol and cancer at the European Parliament.

12th December 2017

Statement on the Occasion
of the 5th Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

The WHO European region has the highest proportion of total ill health and premature death due to alcohol. One fifth of the population aged 15 years and above report heavy episodic drinking at least once a week. Alcohol is known to be a causal factor in over 60 diseases and conditions, including at least 7 types of cancer. 1 in 8 alcohol-related deaths are due to cancer.

Given the above statistics, the AWARH partners and the endorsers call on the European Parliament, European Commission and the Member States to ensure that:

  1. The message regarding alcohol included in the European Code Against Cancer is widely disseminated: “If you drink alcohol of any type, limit your intake. Not drinking alcohol is better for cancer prevention
  2. Member States and the European Commission implement the WHO’s European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020
  3. Effective and evidence-based policies are implemented that would allow Member States and the European Union to meet their obligations under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals to strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

Brussels, 23rd November 2017







Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm 2017

The aim of the Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm is to raise Awareness among EU policymakers of the harms caused by alcohol.

AWARH 2017 will be held from 20th to 24th November 2017.

This year’s theme is: “Alcohol and Cancer”

Follow and support AWARH’17 on social media with hashtag #awarh17


What can you do?

Join us today and support AWARH 2017:

  • Show your support for AWARH’17 through the Thunderclap Campaign (coming soon)
  • Send a letter to your national policymakers asking them to commit to do more against alcohol-related harm in their country and in Europe.
  • Organise a national event on the week of 20th November and apply for endorsement by emailing:
  • Tweet your support for the AWARH 2017 and tell us why tackling alcohol-related harm is important to you by using the hashtag: #AWARH17
  • Share with your friends the AWARH’17 partners and policy-makers interviews about alcohol-related harm
  • Register to attend the meetings in Brussels and sign-up to the regular updates AWARH’17 here:

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Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm


Awareness Week on Alcohol related Harm

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