In February 2020, the WHO Executive Board (EB) in its decision EB146 (14) called for accelerated action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. The Board requested the WHO Director-General “to develop an action plan (2022-2030) to effectively implement the Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority, in consultation with Member States and relevant stakeholders.” Over the period since the EB a consultation process has included a Working Document, a first draft and now a second draft of the “Alcohol action plan (2022-2030) to strengthen
implementation of the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol.” The action plan will be on the agenda for the WHO Executive Board meeting in January 2022 and the World Health Assembly in May.

World Health Organisation released the second draft of the alcohol action plan in October 2021. Building on comments to previous drafts GAPA has issued the updated Key points on the second draft: