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Oct 18 '12 - Oct 19 '12
Alcohol is a priority public health area. The evidence available to support this is large, diverse and persuasive. Amongst the population aged 25–59 years (a working age population), alcohol is the world’s leading cause of ill-health and premature death as measured in disability adjusted life years, ahead of unsafe sex, and twice as important as tobacco. A large part of alcohol’s burden is avoidable. Cost–effective approaches that reduce the health and social burden due to alcohol promote social development and productivity. AMPHORA is a Europe wide projectrunning from 2009 to end of 2012, involving researches and research institutions from 12 European countries, and counterparts and organizations from all 27 Member States, that is providing new scientific evidence for the best public health measures to reduce the harm done by alcohol through addressing social and cultural determinants, marketing and advertising, taxes and pricing, availability and access, early diagnosis and treatment of disease, interventions in drinking environments, and safer untaxed alcohol products. This European conference is intended to share the outcomes of the AMPHORA project and discuss their value for national and local policies and practices. The conference will be an active meeting to stimulate debate among invited delegates from European countries and networks about the best opportunities and innovative strategies to be more successful.