Building Capacity Project
Country Visits
Thessalonica Greece - 30 September 20009

Background country visits

As part of the Work package 4 (Networking) country visits in Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary were carried out. These countries were chosen by the management group and for various reasons. In Bulgaria and Hungary high per capita consumption of pure alcohol was observed in national and international surveys. This fact increases the risk of alcohol related harm among the population in these countries. Furthermore in both countries only a few NGOs exists which are active in alcohol policy field. This includes also the absence of a national network on alcohol policy issues. In the case of Greece risky alcohol consumption has become a more and more important Public Health issue. Also an increase of binge drinking is observed among young Greek people. On the other hand no real network on alcohol policy issues exists in Greece. The cooperation between the Greek Government and European Institutions on alcohol are rare and should be improved.

Within the scope of the country visits national conferences and meetings were organized in cooperation with national NGOs and governmental institutions as well as organisations. This WP aims to broaden the involvement of wide range of partners therefore the regional office of the WHO and the EC were included in the meetings and conferences.

pdf icon small Programme


pdf icon small Strategies to cope with Alcohol Related Problems
Dr Lars Moller Phd, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

pdf icon small Aims, topics and tools of the EU Alcohol Strategy
Marjatta Montonen, Health Determinants, DG Health and Consumers European Commission

pdf icon small Self regulation vs. Statutory regulation – does it affect people’s alcohol consumption?
Sven-Olov Carlsson, President IOGT International

pdf icon small Reduce risky alcohol consumption (Binge Drinking) among young people – examples of
best pratice

Walter Farke, German Centre for Addiction Issues (DHS)

pdf icon small The role of Eurocare in preventing and reducing alcohol related harm at EU level
Mariann Skar. Secretary General, Eurocare

pdf icon small Report