Advancing SAFER – the new WHO-led initiative to reduce alcohol related harm globally

Meeting Organizer

World Health Organization (WHO)



IOGT Internatinoal

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance

NCD Alliance

Vital strategies

Contact Person : Dag Rekve,

30 January 2019
14:00 - 17:30 hrs.
Venue : World Ballroom C, FL. 23

Open to All Participants


The negative health and development consequences of alcohol consumption globally remain substantial. However, some countries have been successful in implementing strong evidence-based, cost-effective and high-impact policies and are seeing positive impacts, demonstrating the potential for positive action. SAFER is a new WHO-led initiative with partners to reduce death, disease and injuries caused by the harmful use of alcohol using high-impact, evidence-based, cost-effective interventions. The SAFER package is a roadmap for countries to implement actions to reduce the harmful use of alcohol, and related health, social and economic consequences. SAFER draws from previous evidence-based WHO guidance, including the Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol and the “best buys” recommended interventions for NCDs. It synthesizes previous guidance to provide countries with a concise and focused set of high-impact actions.


• To highlight the most recent data on alcohol-related harm presented in the WHO Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 • To offer country examples of cutting-edge interventions to counter this • To present SAFER and discuss how countries could use SAFER to prioritize and monitor their implementation of the most important alcohol policies.