GAPA consultation meeting, 24–25 November 2001, Bangkok, Thailand

The need to develop an international network of public health advocates to promote policies about alcohol, based on evidence without influence from the commercial sector, was one of the main conclusions of the international conference held in Syracuse, New York State, in August 2000.

In the light of this the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance held its first regional meeting in Bangkok in November 2001. The Asia Pacific region was chosen because it is a key target of the global alcohol industry.

Nine countries from the region attended the meeting and presented papers relating to their country’s alcohol consumption together with illustrative material of the marketing tactics of the global alcohol industry.