Global developments in alcohol policies since 2010

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Trends in statutory regulation of alcohol marketing since 2010 by number of countries. Credit

A report on progress in implementation of the WHO global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol since 2010 concludes that while the scope and intensity of national efforts to address alcohol-related harm have increased, resources have not, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where alcohol consumption and related harm are likely to be rising most rapidly. The report was prepared by David Jernigan as background for the WHO Forum on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictive Behaviours. Not a single low-income country reported increases in resources devoted to alcohol policy implementation since 2010.  The available evidence shows that progress has been skewed towards wealthier countries, with low- and middle-income countries experiencing increased challenges with alcohol consumption and alcohol control. The “slow-moving disaster” of harmful use of alcohol will not abate without significant further global and national commitment, investment, and coordinated action to increase regulatory and enforcement capacity

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