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Jul 2 '21, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
UNRECORDED ALCOHOL: WHAT THE EVIDENCE TELL US?
The event is co-organized by the European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the Less Alcohol Unit of the Department of Health Promotion at the World Health Organization headquarters.
Interpretations available in Russian and Spanish.
July 2, 2021
14:00 – 15:30 CET
WHO’s Zoom platform
It is estimated that about 25% of worldwide alcohol consumption is unrecorded. Unrecorded alcohol may contain toxic ingredients that could lead to poisoning and even death, but recent evidence suggests that most of the harm derived from unrecorded alcohol is caused by hazardous drinking patterns and not by its quality. The lack of standardization and quality control makes it difficult to measure and estimate the consumption of unrecorded alcohol. Additionally, the higher affordability of unrecorded alcohol increases inequalities because it is often drunk by people of low socioeconomic status and heavy drinkers, accelerating the harms attributable to alcohol consumption that they might already experience. Moreover, informal production of alcohol is difficult to regulate, curtailing the impact of cost-effective alcohol control interventions.
Addressing the phenomenon of unrecorded alcohol involves sectors such as health, finance, economic development and agriculture. Policies options to tackle unrecorded alcohol depend on how prevalent and normalized its consumption is in each country.
This webinar seeks to shed light on the dimensions of the unrecorded alcohol phenomenon and showcase country practices, their challenges and possible policy responses.
Program and speakers
- Naoko Yamamoto, Assistant Director-General, Healthier Population Division, World Health Organization
- Carina Ferreira-Borges, Head a.i., World Health Organization European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
- Juan Tello, Head, Less Alcohol Unit, Department of Health Promotion, World Health Organization
- Dirk Lachenmeier, Director, Department of Plant-based Food, Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Agency Karlsruhe, Germany
- Jürgen Rehm, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada
- Maria Neufeld, Consultant, World Health Organization European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
- Ilana Pinsky, Consultant, Less Alcohol Unit, Department of Health Promotion, World Health Organization
SPOTLIGHT ON COUNTRIES
Daria Khaltourina, Head, Department of Prevention of Risk Factors and Communication Technologies in Healthcare; Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics, Ministry of Health, Russian Federation
Rahma Mkuu, Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine, University of Florida, United States of America
Maristela Monteiro, Senior Advisor on Alcohol, Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas, World Health Organization
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