Management of substance abuse

Alcohol epidemiology, monitoring, and information system

Earth from space- GLOBE


Alcohol in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. Goal 3 of the SDGs is to Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Target 3.5 is: Strengthen the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol. Within Target 3.5, there are the following two indicators: 3.5.1. Coverage of treatment interventions (pharmacological, psychosocial and rehabilitation and aftercare services) for substance use disorders. 3.5.2. Harmful use of alcohol, defined according to the national context as alcohol per capita consumption (aged 15 years and older) within a calendar year in litres of pure alcohol.


Alcohol in the Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Global Monitoring Framework

The NCD Global Monitoring Framework was developed to enable global tracking of progress in preventing and controlling major noncommunicable diseases - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - and their key risk factors including tobacco use, the harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diets.


Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH)


Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health


Global Survey on Alcohol and Health

WHO has been collecting data on alcohol consumption and alcohol control policies from its Member States since 1996. The current survey instrument entitled "Global Survey on Alcohol and Health" includes three sections, namely alcohol policy, alcohol consumption, and surveillance. The information provided is essential for the preparation of the Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health and regional publications, as well as for updating the Global Information Systems on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) and regional information systems, as requested by the World Health Assembly Resolution on Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol.


International guide for monitoring alcohol consumption and related harm, 2000

To provide guidance to WHO Member States on epidemiological monitoring of alcohol consumption and related harm, WHO has published the international guide for monitoring alcohol consumption and related harm that in the longer term aims to improve the quality and comparability of alcohol-related data.