International Policy


Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol

On 21 May 2011, delegations from all 193 currently existing Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a global strategy to confront the harmful use of alcohol. The Sixty-third session of the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA63.13, which endorses the global strategy. 

Front cover of the Global Strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol


The Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol is available in:

English pdf, 3.88Mb

French pdf, 3.89Mb

Spanish pdf, 3.89Mb

Russian pdf, 5.44Mb

Arabic pdf, 3.88Mb

Chinese pdf, 6.47Mb




Alcohol in the European Union. Consumption, harm and policy approaches [pdf 6.7Mb] 

A 2012 WHO publication that takes a look at effective alcohol policies in Europe.

European action plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol 2012-2020 [pdf 140kb]

This 2011 WHO publication is an action plan for the implementation of the European and global alcohol strategies.

Alcohol and Public Health in the Americas [pdf 1.05Mb]

A 2007 WHO publication that takes a look at alcohol-related harm and policies in the Americas and how  to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Alcohol Control Policies in the South-East Asia Region: Selected Issues [pdf 3.2Mb]

A 2006 WHO publication looking at alcohol-related issues and alcohol control policies in the South-East Asia Region. This report summarizes the status of existing alcohol control policies in the South-East Asia Region Member States, and provides a baseline for monitoring future progress.

Reduction of the harmful use of alcohol: A strategy for the WHO African Region [pdf 30KB]

A 2010 report contributing to the prevention and reduction of harmful use of alcohol and related problems in the Region. The strategy intends to provide balanced guidance on priority interventions to be implemented.