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Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) calls for action:
Alcohol and NCDs - need for response to WHO consultation
The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance has called for civil society and Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask that reduced alcohol consumption be reinstated among the global priority targets for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). A consultation is open until 19 Arpil.
WHO is currently consulting on a monitoring framework and targets for the prevention and control of NCDs. This follows the UN High-level meeting on NCDs in September, which identified four main common risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity.
Until now, alcohol had maintained its position among the major risk factors for NCDs and the first draft of the WHO monitoring framework and targets including an "exposure target" to achieve a 10% relative reduction in per capita consumption of litres of pure alcohol among persons aged 15+ years. In the latest WHO discussion paper this target has been omitted.
The WHO is inviting relevant NGOs and other agencies to respond to the consultation on the NCD monitoring framework and targets by 19th April 2012. Details can be found on the WHO web page.
Says GAPA secretary, Øystein Bakke: “We urge NGOs and WHO Member States to respond to this consultation calling for the per capita consumption of alcohol target to be reinstated.”
The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance states: