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Alcohol Action Ireland. (2020) Submission to the World Health Organization (WHO) web based consultation on the Working Document for the development of an action plan to strengthen implementation of the Global Strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. Dublin: Alcohol Action Ireland.

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Alcohol Action Ireland welcome the comprehensive endeavour which the working document envisages and believe it to be a solid starting point for the development of an action plan; we note with some disappointment the uneven implementation globally and the lack of tangible progress amongst the high level of objectives for the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. In particular, we are reminded of the enormous impact on the lives of those who live with alcohol use disorders and especially those drawn into dependency.

 

The harm from alcohol use is indeed not just limited to health consequences and we believe the significant loss of human creativity, enterprise and potential must too be voiced.

 

We recognize the series of challenges in implementation of the global strategy and propose that a bolder, paradigm shift on the perception of both the use and risk of alcohol; the need for a global normative law on alcohol, and that the maligning influence of the global alcohol economic operators be clearly identified.

 

The document outlines existing and emerging opportunities for reducing the harmful use of alcohol, which we recognize, with some additions on the pursuit of better lifestyles, the positive influence of social media and the dividend return from intervention.

 

The scope of the action plan, the goal of the action plan and the proposed operational objectives, guiding principles and key areas for global action are broadly fit for purpose but will benefit from a bolder choice of action and clarity of concept, reflective of our earlier observations to the series of challenges to meaningful progress.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
December 2020
Pages
8 p.
Publisher
Alcohol Action Ireland
Corporate Creators
Alcohol Action Ireland
Place of Publication
Dublin
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