WHO Requests Input on Alcohol-Related Problems
A 2005 World Health Assembly resolution on public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol requested that the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) draw up recommendations for effective policies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm. The resolution additionally asked that a report be made to the Sixtieth World Health Assembly in 2007 on evidence-based strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm, including a comprehensive assessment of public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol.
As part of the information gathering process, a recent WHO announcement called for views and opinions of stakeholders on health problems related to alcohol consumption. WHO constructed this as a survey and requested input on the magnitude of health problems related to alcohol consumption and on interventions to reduce health problems related to alcohol consumption. Although the survey also left space for additional comments, it was unfortunate that each section was limited to 300 words. The information gathered from the survey will be used as background for a meeting next month in Geneva where a WHO Expert Committee on Problems Related to Alcohol Consumption will be convened to "review a range of public health problems attributable to alcohol consumption as well as scientific and empirical evidence of effectiveness of different policy options, and to provide technical recommendations on effective policies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm."