Tagged: WHO Europe

NEWS: Germany: Every 5th Person Can’t Afford Healthy Lifestyle

According to a new study by PwC every 5th person in Germany can’t afford a healthy lifestyle.
45% of Germans say they suffer from at least one chronic disease, which go hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles fueled by private industry interests such as alcohol, tobacco use, and poor nutrition. PwC, an auditing firm, conducted a survey to explore why Germans are not changing their lifestyle to healthier behavior.
What they found is that a fifth of the respondents said a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and enough exercise was not affordable to them. Social isolation may also be playing a role, as 14% of the respondents claimed to be isolated…

NEWS: Switzerland: Binge Alcohol Use Rising

A new study has found that binge alcohol use is rising in Switzerland. Overall alcohol consumption is reducing in Switzerland. However, according to a study binge alcohol use is on the rise. Binge alcohol use mean 5 beers for men and 4 beers for women. The study argues work stress may be a factor contributing to this harmful trend…

NEWS: Alcohol Policy on Agenda of Czech PM and V4

Alcohol policy is on the agenda of the Czech Prime Minister and the Visegrad Four countries, as shown by the recent discussions with Dr Piroska Östlin, WHO Europe’s Regional Director ad interim. Dr Östlin met with the Prime Minister of Czechia, Andrej Babiš, and Minister of Health, Adam Vojtěch in Prague to discuss cooperation on alcohol control policies…

NEWS: WHO: Art Helps Promote Health

Engaging with the arts can be beneficial for both mental and physical health, according to a new study from the World Health Organization in the European region. The new report also shows that arts help promote alcohol prevention…

NEWS: Alcohol Prices in the EU

According to eurostat, alcohol prices in the most expensive countries were twice as high as the cheapest countries in the EU in 2018. The results show that in 2018, the price of alcoholic beverages (spirits, wine and beer) was highest in Finland (with a price level index of 182) and lowest in lowest in Bulgaria and Romania (both with a price level index of 74)…

NEWS: Dr Tedros: Alcohol Harm a ‘Significant Challenge’

The alcohol burden and the need for prioritizing alcohol policy solutions to tackle pervasive alcohol harm in the European region were one of the key issues addressed, as deliberations commenced at the 69th WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros spoke in his opening remarks about the need to do more concerning a set of health challenges for the European region. The Director General of the World Health Organization emphasized that alcohol consumption and harm is a “significant challenge” and remains “unfinished business”. 
Even the WHO Europe Regional Director and Health Ministers from member states emphasized the urgency of making alcohol policy the priority it should be…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Progress on Health Equity Is Stalling

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives. The Report also shows that alcohol use is a key risk factor for health inequity and alcohol harm is in turn a consequence of health inequities…

NEWS: Czechia: Government Plans Stronger Alcohol Policy

The Czech government is taking concrete steps to implement stronger alcohol policy measures, in response to high societal costs. In addition to alcohol tax increase, the Health Minister of Czechia is preparing a draft bill that would better regulate advertising of tobacco and alcohol in electronic media…

PRESS RELEASE: Europe’s Alcohol Epidemic And What To Do About It

Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan on alcohol in the WHO European region, and for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control…

NEWS: Switzerland: 11,500 Hospitalized for Alcohol Poisoning Yearly

According to a study, around 11,500 people were hospitalized for alcohol poisoning in a Swiss hospital, in 2016. The study by  Sucht Schweiz analyzed the figures for the years 2003 to 2016 from the “Swiss Medical Statistics of Hospitals” of the Federal Statistical Office. Accordingly, hospitalization due to alcohol intoxication increased sharply by 2008, followed by a turnaround…