Coming up to the 75th World Health Assembly (WHA) deliberations on the Global Alcohol Action Plan the World Medical Association (WMA) and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) have issued a joint statement.
WMA and GAPA have a long track record for advocating together for evidence based alcohol policy measures, including for the Global alcohol strategy endorsed by WHA in 2010. The organisations consider that alcohol consumption constitutes a major trigger for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), communicable diseases, violence, and injuries and note with great concerns the uneven and limited progress made to reverse the current trend since 2010. Contrary to industry claims, research has shown that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption for the heart.
The joint statement welcome the WHO commitment to boost the dynamic by developing an action plan (2022-2030) to effectively implement the Global strategy on alcohol.