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.