Achievements

2020

16 – 20 November

 

Webinars

Alcohol and Cancer (Webinar)

November 16th, 2020 @ 15:00 (CET) 

The focus in this event will be the links between alcohol and cancer and the forthcoming Europe Beating Cancer Plan. In conjunction with this event, WHO Europe is also launching its new factsheet for policy makers, Alcohol and Cancer in the WHO European Region.

Programme

15:00  Welcome and introductions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

15:10  Alcohol and Cancer

  • Nino Berdzuli, Director, WHO Regional Office Europe, World Health Organization

15:20  The impact of Alcohol drinking to the burden of Cancer in WHO European Region

  • Isabelle Soerjomataram, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

15:30 WHO’s new Alcohol and Cancer factsheet: Appeal for better prevention

  • Carina Ferreira-Borges, European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, WHO Regional Office for Europe

15:40. How many cancers can we prevent when increasing alcohol excise tax?

  • Jürgen Rehm, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research & Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada

15:50  Alcohol and Digestive Cancer – a need for action

  • Marcus Peck, United European Gastroenterology (UEG)

16:00. Alcohol and liver cancer – need for action

  • Alejandro Forner, European Association for the study of the liver

16:10  Conclusions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

16:15 Finish

 

Alcohol and Covid-19 (Webinar)

November 17th, 2020 @ 15:00 (CET) 

Programme

15:00  Welcome and introductions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

15:10  Alcohol and COVID-19

  • Carina Ferreira-Borges, European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, WHO Regional Office for Europe

15.20  What do we know about alcohol and COVID-19 in the WHO European Region so far?
First results of a pan-European survey initiative and the need for better surveillance

  • Jürgen Rehm, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research & Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Canada

15:30  Alcohol and post-COVID-19 era: preparedness and readiness for a renewed prevention

  • Emanuele Scafato, EUFAS, ISS, SIA

15:40  Alcohol and COVID-19 and harms to the liver

  • Nick Sheron, EASL

15:50  State actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Belgium – Mathieu Capouet
  • Estonia – Triinu That
  • Scotland – Graeme Callender

16:05. Questions and Conclusions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

16:15 Finish

 

Alcohol and Health Policies in Europe and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (Webinar)

November 18th, 2020 @ 15:00 (CET) 

The focus in this event is on how evidence-based alcohol policies can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Europe. In conjunction with this event, WHO Europe is also launching its new factsheet for policy makers, Alcohol consumption and sustainable development and there will also be a presentation of a new Special Issue Alcohol Control Policy and Health in Europe of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 

Programme

15:00  Welcome and introductions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

15:10  WHO European Region: Alcohol consumption and sustainable development

  • Carina Ferreira-Borges, European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, WHO Regional Office for Europe

15:30  Alcohol Control Policy and Health in Europe (A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

  • Jürgen Rehm & Toni Gual, Guest Editors

15:45  Call for action

  • Marko Korenjak, ELPA President

Alcohol and pancreatic cancer: what is at stake?

  • Matthias Lohr, UEG

16:00  Questions and Conclusions

  • Tiziana Codenotti, Eurocare President

16:15  Finish

 

Social media material

Infographics

English

Italian

2019

18 – 22 November

 

Infographic

Social media visuals

2018

19 – 23 November

 

2017

20 – 24 November

 

Infographics

English

Estonian versions

Italian version

Forthcoming Events

European Parliament Event

Lunch Debate on “Alcohol and Cancer”

hosted by Biljana Borzan MEP

23rd November 2017, 12:00 – 14:30 CET

Room: Paul-Henri Spaak – P1C047

Updated Nov. 19th, 2017

Closed Breakfast meeting for Health Attachés

24th November 2017

Hosted by the Estonian Health Attaché

Events endorsed by AWARH

Conference: Gammel årgang – nye vaner

23rd November, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thon konferansesenter, Universitetsgaten 26, Oslo

Presentations

UEG EU Affairs

Thierry Pochon,
E. Herriot Hospital, Lyon, F

Alcohol and Digestive Cancers

World Health Organization

Marilyn Cortex, PhD,

Alcohol and Cancer

The European Commission’s Science and Knowledge Service

Ana Sarasa Remedo,

Alcohol and Cancer

2016

21 – 22 November

 

Forthcoming Events

7th European Alcohol Policy Conference

21st – 23rd November
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Closed Breakfast meeting for Health Attachés

25th November
Hosted by the Malta and Norway Health Attachés

Events endorsed by AWARH

European Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm

21st – 25th November
Ireland

2015

16 – 20 November

 

Event on Alcohol Policy at the European Parliament
17th November 2015, Brussels, Belgium

“Alcohol – Why is it a big thing?”

The 3rd Awareness Week on Alcohol-Related Harm (AWARH) will be held on 16 – 20 November 2015 in Brussels. The aim of AWARH is to increase awareness of the need to address alcohol-related harm in Europe, and highlight the need to address it through an integrated approach to alcohol policy. Within the AWARH, this event at the European Parliament aims at discussing and demonstrating the overwhelming burden of alcohol-related harm in Europe, propose possible solutions to the problem and be a catalyst for debate at European and national levels.

– Event hosted by Jytte Guteland and Cristian Busoi MEPs
– Time: 12.00 – 14:00
– Venue: European Parliament, Brussels
– Room: Paul Henri Spaak (P7C50)

R.S.V.P: aleksandra.kaczmarek@easloffice.eu

When registering please send the following information: First name, Last name, Organisation, Position, Email address, Date of Birth, Nationality, Number of identification document, Type of identification document.

Programme

11:30 Registration
12:00

Welcome and introduction

Jytte Guteland MEP and Cristian Busoi MEP

12:15

Key note speech

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy (TBC)

12:30 Question/Answer
12:40

Innovative alcohol policy in Estonia

Minister of Social Protection Margus Tsahkna

13:00 Question/Answer
13:10

Economics of alcohol policy

Michele Cecchini, OECD

13:30 Questions/Answer
13:40

Alcohol and the Brain

Professor Dom Geert, European Brain Council

14:00 Conclusions by Jytte Guteland MEP

2014

24 – 28 November

 

Newsletters

Press Releases

  • Nov. 24– Experts call for greater awareness of alcohol related liver disease and liver cancer (pdf 300 ko)
  • Nov. 13 – Better, more effective, policies to reduce alcohol harm” say partner organisations of the Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm (pdf 29 ko)

Events

Breakfast meeting, 25th November 2014, Strasbourg

A breakfast meeting will be held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 25th November 2014.

The event is titled “The EU Alcohol Strategy: Act Now!”. Hosted by Cristian Busoi and Nessa Childers MEPs, the aim of the meeting is to discuss and explore possibilities to urgently address the need to reduce alcohol-related harm at the EU level.

A milestone in this direction would be renewal of the Alcohol Strategy. The agenda can be found here. For further information or to RSVP to attend this event, please contact patricia@elpa-info.org

AWARH Meeting, 25th November 2014, Latvia

AWARH meeting at the Latvian Medical Association, Skolas street 3, Riga LV–1010, Latvia, 25 November 2014.

The agenda can be found here.

Breakfast meeting, 28th November 2014, Brussels

A closed breakfast meeting for the Health Attaches, hosted by the Latvian Permanent Representation, will be held in Brussels on 28th November.

Conference, 27-28 November 2014, Brussels

The 6th European Alcohol Policy Conference, will be held in Brussels, 27 – 28 November 2014
with the theme “Alcohol in All Policies – ACT NOW!”.
Further information is available on the conference website: www.6EAPC.eu

2013

13 – 17 May

 

Health Attaché Working Breakfast
(14 May 2013)

National action to solve a European problem: Adressing Alcohol Related Harm

  • Hosted by the Permanent Representation of Estonia to the EU
  • Attended by 14 Health Attachés representing national governments from 13 member states and Croatia
  • Presentation of Consensus Paper by AchimKautz (ELPA)
  • Focus on national actions and the value of EU supporting policies

Key outcomes of the meeting:

  • All EU member state representatives stressed their national government’s position that the EU Alcohol Strategy should be renewed bythe European Commission and be part of an integrated approach to alcohol policy, from prevention to treatment.
  • Action to tackle alcohol-related harm should be integrated into all policy areas, such as pricing and taxation, advertising, education and trade
  • A toolkit of best practice would be useful for member states in order to implement an integrated approach to addressing alcohol-relatedharm. The Commission could take this initiative on board

Next steps

  • Publication of the Alcohol Strategy evaluation in June 2013
  • Discussions with the Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy Tonio Borg on continuation of best action to tackle alcohol-related harm planned in May 2013
  • Launch of the Joint Action on Alcohol in May 2013, work to start in January 2014

European Parliament debate
(15 May 2013)

Time for action: The Need for an Integrated EU Alcohol Strategy

  • Hosted by Nessa Childers MEP (S&D, IE)
  • Attended by high-profile MEPs in the area of health: Christian SilviuBusoi (ALDE, RO), Rebecca Taylor (ALDE, UK), Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK), AntonyiaParvanova (ALDE, BG) and MEP Sari Essayah(EPP, FI)’s office
  • Presentations from the European Commission: Giulio Gallo, Policy Officer, DG SANCO, Patricia Reilly, Member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Research and Innovation
  • Presentations by the partners: AchimKautz, ELPA and Peter Anderson, Professor, Alcohol and Health, Maastricht University
  • Focus on EU action and presentation of the Conclusions of the EU Roundtable on an integrated approach to tackle alcohol-related harm
  • 53 participants, incl. key public health organisations & stakeholders (World Health Organization, national ministries, the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME), European Cancer League)

Key outcomes of the meeting:

  • Participants stressed that the EU role in tackling alcohol-related harm and the need for strengthened policies
  • Action to tackle alcohol-related harm should be integrated into all policy areas, such as pricing and taxation, advertising, education, treatment and to other issues such as the chronic diseases and mental health

Social Media #1

MEPs Twitter releases 17 Tweets in total from:

  • Nessa Childers (S&D, IE)
  • Rebecca Taylor (ALDE, UK)
  • Catherine Stihler (S&D, UK)
  • Mairead McGuinness (EPP, IE)
  • Antonyia Parvanova (ALDE, BG)

Issues raised:

  • Calls for strong EU policies and for the renewal of the EU Alcohol Strategy,
  • Calls for targeted policies at national level incl. measures on alcohol dependence management, minimum pricing, labelling, advertisement, or youth drinking
  • Facts about costs of alcohol-related harm for European societies
  • Advertisement of the AWARH

Social Media #2 – Other Twitter releases

56 Tweets from health organisations and individuals including:

  • IOGT International
  • Alcohol Concern
  • Alice Rap Project
  • The European Public Health Alliance
  • The European Cancer Leagues (ECL)
  • Spirits Europe
  • ELPA
  • The European Mutual-Help Network for Alcohol-related Problems (EMNA)
  • The European Center for Monitoring Alcohol Marketing (EUCAM)
  • MakDnnbier – Policy Officer at the IOGT
  • Margaret Walker – EASL
  • Monica Swan – Professor of Public Health and Associate Director for Research at the Emory Center for Injury Control

Social Media #3 – Newsletters

  • Daily newsletter from 10 to 17 May
  • Circulation to more than 600 recipients, including MEPs, European Commission, Council of the European Union, WHO and OECD officials
  • Report on daily activities of the AWARH, key facts, quotes of support and video interviews from key decision-makers and experts
  • Creation of a dedicated AWARH social media release http://tiny.cc/AWARH13

Newsletters

Social Media Impact – Videos

Creation of a dedicated AWARH YouTube channel featuring interviews from key decision-makers and stakeholders:

  • Cristian Silviu Busoi MEP
  • Antonyia Parvanova MEP
  • David Martin MEP
  • Patricia Reilly (Research Commissioner cabinet)
  • Monika Kosinska – European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)
  • Kevin Jones – European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI)
  • Mariann Skar – EUROCARE
  • Achim Kautz – ELPA
  • Informational video on the AWARH’s activities

Echo in Traditional Media

  • The Parliament Magazine (biweekly edition) – article by Nessa Childers in the 13th May edition
    • Coverage: More than 24000 monthly visits of the website, 50 000 recipients of the Parliament Magazine’s newsletter, daily or weekly bulletins emailed to 8000 recipients including EU institutions
  • Dedicated article in EurActiv
    • Covergae: 609,000 readers in 15 languages in 15 EU countries, a recognised information point for EU decision-makers and journalists

Articles highlights

Parliament Magazine:

  • Need for integrated approach to tackle alcohol-related harm
  • Call for renewal of the Alcohol Strategy

Euractiv:

  • Need for continued efforts to tackle alcohol-related harm
  • Relay of AWARH partner organisations (Eurocare, ELPA)’s calls to renew the Alcohol strategy
  • United civil society claim for renewing the EU Alcohol Strategy