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2017 in review: WHO Forum on alcohol and drugs

You’re in for a treat this summer. To farewell 2017 and welcome in the New Year, FARE’s Drink Tank team is showcasing the best of 2017; a selection of the most robust and interesting conversations from preventive health experts, researchers and practitioners for your reading pleasure.

In Drink Tank today we reflect on some of the highlights from the 2017 WHO Forum on alcohol and drugs.

In June this year, the heads of the world’s leading alcohol harm prevention organisations, policy makers, health care providers, academics, and philanthropists met in Geneva for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) first global Forum on alcohol drugs and addictive behaviours.

The WHO initiative aims to strengthen international partnerships and collaboration in order to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

In this Drink Tank piece we hear the opening statements from a group of Non-Government Organisations, including the World Medical Association, IOGT International, the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance and NCD Alliance, highlighting what they saw as the most crucial aspects to be addressed and the challenges faced in responding to alcohol harm.




Drink Tank aims to generate meaningful commentary and debate about alcohol policy, and to provide a platform for all members of the Australian community to share their views and concerns.

Our goal is for the Drink Tank community to engage in robust discussion about alcohol, highlighting a broad spectrum of views and voices, and ultimately to raise the profile of alcohol as an issue of national importance.

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