Management of substance abuse

Public hearing on harmful use of alcohol

The WHO Secretariat held a web-based public hearing to provide an opportunity to everyone to give their views on the best ways to reduce harmful use of alcohol. Contributions to the public hearing could be submitted via a dedicated website or by fax in any of the six official UN languages (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) from 1 October to 15 November 2008.

340 contributions were sent in by individuals, civil society groups, WHO Member States and government institutions, academic and research institutions, economic operators and other interested parties. In providing their contribution the participants were encouraged to focus on the following questions:

  • What are your views on effective strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm
  • From a global perspective, what are the best ways to reduce problems related to harmful use of alcohol?
  • In what ways can you or your organization contribute to reduce harmful use of alcohol?

Received submissions

(As categorized by the submitters).


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