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  • Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action (CNAPA)
    Established in November 2007 for the coordination and further development of alcohol policies in the European Union, with particular emphasis on identifying and disseminating good practice to support national policies. The Committee comprises delegates of Member State governments and observers from countries of the European Free Trade Association and WHO.
  • DG Health and Food Safety
    To make Europe a healthier, safer place by empowering consumers, protecting and improving public health.
  • European Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF)
    A platform hosted by the European Commission on which bodies active at European level can debate, compare approaches and act to tackle alcohol-related harm.
  • Alcohol Abuse Among Adolescents in Europe. (European Commission)
    To study possible effective strategies for preventing alcohol abuse among adolescents in European countries.
  • ALICE RAP (European Commission)
    A 5-year project to help policy-makers rethink and re-shape current and future approaches to the huge human and economic costs of addictions and lifestyles in Europe.
  • AMMIE (European Commission)
    Results of comprehensive monitoring of alcohol marketing; will allow the European Commission to formulate advice to improve existing regulations on alcohol marketing at Member State and European Union level, with appropriate content and process for different national circumstances.
  • AMPHORA (European Commission)
    To contribute new evidence on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in Europe and to disseminate the findings to policy-makers to ensure the development and implementation of more effective public health measures.
  • BISTAIRS (European Commission)
    To intensify implementation of brief interventions in relevant settings by identifying, systematizing and extending good practice of such interventions throughout the European Union.
  • Bridging the gap (European Commission)
    To create a vibrant alcohol policy network to further development of an integrated European Community strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm in the context of a larger Europe, as embodied in the Council's conclusions of 5 June 2001, and to support and encourage European countries to implement the Council recommendation on alcohol drinking by young people.
  • Building Capacity Project
    The project, with 31 country partners and 10 European organizations, was designed to support the European Commission in communication on alcohol, helping to reduce the €125 billion in social costs due to alcohol each year in the European Union. Its aim was to reduce inequalities among Member States and promote achievement of the Lisbon agenda for a viable, productive Europe.
  • ECAT project (European Commission)
    To increase the effectiveness of alcohol prevention campaigns by elaborating messages for different target groups, embedding campaigns in local alcohol policy and using an inclusive approach.
  • European school survey product on alcohol and other drugs
    A collaborative effort of independent research teams in more than 40 European countries and the largest cross-national research project on adolescent substance use in the world. Its aim is to repeatedly collect comparable data on substance use by 15–16-year-old students in as many European countries as possible.
  • ODHIN (European Commission)
    To improve the delivery of health care interventions by understanding how better to translate the results of clinical research into everyday clinical practice. The focus will be on identification and brief intervention programmes for hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption in primary health care.
  • Primary Health Care European Project on Alcohol (PHEPA)
    A platform for professionals and institutions in 24 European Union countries set up to achieve consensus, develop useful products and provide information and resources for professionals in the European Union on the management of alcohol problems in primary health care settings.
  • project SMART (European Commission)
    To develop methods for standardized comparative surveys on heavy drinking, binge drinking (episodic heavy drinking), drunkenness, the context of drinking, alcohol dependence, unrecorded consumption and public support for alcohol policy measures, and to develop a standard method for cost–benefit analyses of alcohol policies to evaluate their economic impact in the European Union.
  • PROTECT (European Commission)
    To build capacity at European, country and local levels by providing information, experience, evidence and requirements for labelling of alcoholic beverages for consumers, to create a supportive environment to prevent the harmful use of alcohol by young people.
  • Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (European Commission)
    To reduce alcohol-related harm by supporting Member States; provides the framework and incentive for Member States to work on common priorities, intensifying cooperation and coordination.
  • TAKE CARE (European Commission)
    To reduce alcohol consumption and related harm among adolescents and young adults in Europe, focused mainly on people aged 12–21 years with risky alcohol consumption.
  • VINTAGE (European Commission)
    To build capacity at European, country and local levels by providing evidence and best practice to prevent the harmful use of alcohol by older people, including the transition from work to retirement.
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