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Healthy Lanka Alliance for Development (HLAD) has been presented with the award "The Best Preventive education institute" in a ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka. HLAD is running a large alcohol and drug prevention programme in local communities in many parts of Sri Lanka.
On the 2nd of August the Members States of the United Nations reached agreement over 17 new Sustainable Development Goals to be reached before 2030. One the goals address healthy lives and wellbeing, including the prevention of harm from alcohol and drug use.
Harmful alcohol use is increasing in Americas
The Regional Report on Alcohol and Health in the Americas examines the patterns and consequences of alcohol use in the Region; warns that harmful use of alcohol increased in the Americas over a five-year period and recommends measures to limit availability, restrict marketing, and raise prices of alcohol by increasing taxes.
“Even expensive alcohol prevention policies are cost-effective in the long run and underlines the need for urgent action by governments”, commented OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría when OECD launched their new alcohol report.
Community worker in Uganda:
Meet Abel Mununga! In this short video film he describes the alcohol situation in a local community in Uganda: What is being drunk? Which are the social consequences? How is the alcohol policy situation? Abel is a development officer in International Aid Service (IAS).
Welcome to Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-9 October 2015:
With the title "Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm" the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and Alcohol Focus Scotland are co-hosting the Global Alcohol Policy Conference which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-9 October 2015.
Alcohol and health NGOs in Europe have now protested against the lack of political will in the EU Commission to address alcohol problems within the union. This happens after several years of collaboration on alcohol policy issues through the European Alcohol and Health Forum where the alcohol industry also has been included.