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Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol


On 21 May 2010, delegations from all 193 Member States of World Health Organization (WHO) reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a global strategy to confront the harmful use of alcohol. The Sixty-third session of the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA63.13, which endorses the global strategy. 


The Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol is available in:

English pdf, 3.88Mb

French pdf, 3.89Mb

Spanish pdf, 3.89Mb

Russian pdf, 5.44Mb

Arabic pdf, 3.88Mb

Chinese pdf, 6.47Mb




Alcohol in the European Union. Consumption, harm and policy approaches [pdf 6.7Mb] 

A 2012 WHO publication which takes a look at effective alcohol policies in Europe.

Alcohol and Public Health in the Americas [pdf 1.05Mb]

A 2007 WHO publication that takes a look at alcohol related harm and policies in the Americas and how  to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Prevention of Harm from Alcohol Use [pdf 6.66Mb]

A 2003 WHO publication looking at alcohol use in the South-East Asia Region. It offers suggestions on what can be done on the individual, community and government level to protect people from the harmful use of alcohol.

Reduction of the harmful use of alcohol: A strategy for the WHO African Region [pdf 30KB]