CEV report now available to download here.
Alcohol consumption constitutes one of the key risk factors for poor health and societal wellbeing, contributing to significant gaps in health outcomes across the life course, between and within European countries. Alcohol consumption can be reduced and the health sector has an important role to play in designing and implementing policies and programmes that reduce alcohol consumption as a part of a multi-sectoral approach.
There are substantial returns on investment from alcohol control measures, with significant productivity gains and savings to health and social care systems. For instance, the six policy domains prioritised in the 2022-2025 WHO regional framework for action on alcohol are: alcohol pricing; alcohol availability; alcohol marketing; health information, with a specific focus on alcohol labelling; health services’ response; and community action.
This Country Exchange Visit (CEV), hosted by our member Santé publique France (SpF), will enable representatives of national or regional public health agencies from across the EU to explore:
- The main alcohol-related policy challenges across the EU and at Member State level to maximise synergies and discuss tools to address them.
- How to address the societal, economic and commercial roots of health inequalities related to alcohol consumption within a legal remit of the health and social policies of the European countries.
- How to define indicators to both monitor alcohol consumption in the general population and help building social marketing campaigns.
- How to create effective partnerships, that avoid any conflict of interest, and that reach remote populations.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss policies and examples of national or community level programmes and strategies and explore the practical, cultural and policy challenges related to their implementation. During the meeting, we will also explore European level policies and tools that can support such efforts and help build capacities in this area.
The Country Exchange Visit (CEV) will take place at the same time as the “Rencontres de Santé publique France”, the annual event of the French National Public Health Agency (SpF). A session dedicated to reducing the burden of alcohol at the “Rencontres” will form part of the CEV.
Some practical details:
- EuroHealthNet Country Exchange Visits are member-only events that are open to senior delegates.
- Please note that all participants will be required to invest some time in preparing for the event, for example, by presenting information from your country.
- Country Exchange Visits are held in English. Unfortunately, no interpretation service will be available. Due to the interactive nature of Country Exchange Visits, it is therefore advised that the representative attending feels comfortable exchanging information in English.
- Participants should arrive before the 14.30 CET on Monday 19 June and are kindly requested to stay until the end of the CEV, 12.30 CET on Wednesday 21 June.
- EuroHealthNet can fund the participation (travel and accommodation) of a limited number of Members. EuroHealthNet will contact you with confirmation if you can attend on a funded basis.
- Have a look at the agenda here.
The registration is open. To express your interest to participate or for any questions, please contact Lina Papartyte. The deadline to register is on 17 April 2023, or until the spaces are filled. We aim to confirm attendees shortly after the deadline.