World Health Organization Public Hearing on Ways of Reducing Harmful Use of Alcohol: Contributions on Behalf of the ICAP Sponsors
In May 2008, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution that calls for the development of a global strategy to reduce harmful alcohol use. Following a period of stakeholder and regional consultations, the World Health Organization (WHO) formulated the draft strategy in 2009 and submited it for approval to the World Health Assembly in 2010. The six papers below are referenced versions of papers submitted on behalf of the ICAP sponsors about key areas of reducing harmful drinking where alcohol producers can demonstrate particular competence, legitimacy, and technical strength and where industry input has been welcomed by WHO. These papers were contributions to the web-based public hearing held by WHO from 1 October–15 November 2008 as part of the stakeholder consultation stage in the process of developing the draft global strategy. All stakeholder submissions to the hearing are posted on the WHO website: http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/activities/hearing/en/print.html.
The six papers were expanded by the authors and published in the new book Working Together to Reduce Harmful Drinking, edited by Marcus Grant and Mark Leverton (Routledge, 2009). It is suggested that these papers are used in conjunction with the book, its supporting materials (see www.icap.org/Publications/WorkingTogether), and ICAP's Health and Issues Briefings that offer overviews of current research on health, interventions, and policy.