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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Policy To Cut Excessive Alcohol Use

Alcohol related problems are a worldwide concern because of the affect they have on society as whole. There is not a family in the world that has not experienced addiction on some level, which makes this problem personal. There are countless organizations and outreach programs available to educate people on the dangers of alcohol, but, they do not appear to have a lasting effect on the issue.

A new resolution is being drafted that addresses 10 new policy options designed to cut excessive alcohol use around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) gave their approval on the resolution this week when it received support by 193 member states. Four (4) percent of all deaths worldwide can be attributed to youth binge drinking and other incidents dealing with alcohol and the eighth-leading cause of death overall, according to the WHO. The new resolution deals heavily with price controls and marketing regulations, "The more affordable alcohol is - the lower its price, or the more disposable income people have - the more it is consumed and the greater level of related harm in both high- and low-income countries", according to the document, Reuters

Alcohol essentially poisons the body over time creating a sleuth of health problems that in most cases are fatal. "Harmful drinking is also a major avoidable risk factor for noncommunicable diseases, in particular cardiovascular diseases, cirrhosis of the liver and various cancers. It is also associated with various infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and TB, as well as road traffic accidents, violence and suicides," WHO noted.

Action is the only defense against the perils of alcohol;"The resolution and the strategy set priority areas for global action, provide guidance to countries and give a strong mandate to WHO to strengthen action at all levels on reducing harmful use of alcohol," said WHO assistant Director-General Ala Alwan.

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