The Institute of Public Health in Ireland (IPH) will present at the 8th European Alcohol Policy Conference which is taking place in Edinburgh over the next two days.
This conference is organised by SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and Eurocare (The European Alcohol Policy Alliance) and will discuss the importance of enlightened alcohol policies in reducing alcohol related harm. This topic is of particular importance this year, as Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have all progressed legislation on minimum unit pricing.
Helen Cummins, IPH’s Policy Project Officer, will present a poster on the stakeholder engagement element of the recent review of the New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs-Phase 2 in Northern Ireland (NI). The final report on this review is due to be published by the Department of Health (NI) shortly.
Presentations will also be made at the conference by Government ministers and officials, representatives from the World Health Organization, the European Commission and leading NGOs. In addition, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon will address delegates.
The conference will see the launch of the WHO MOPAC report on alcohol mortality in Europe. MOPAC is a three-year project which monitors progress in reducing the harmful use of alcohol in EU and WHO European Region Member States.