The WHO Secretariat hosted a web-based consultation from 24 October 2019 until 4 November 2019 on a discussion paper dated 21 October 2019. Member States, UN organizations and non-State actors were invited to submit their comments through a dedicated web page or by e-mail. We received 191 submissions. The results are now published on the consultation web page.
21 September 2018 - WHO’s Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 launched 21 September 2018 presents a comprehensive picture of alcohol consumption and the disease burden attributable to alcohol worldwide. It also describes what countries are doing to reduce this burden.
“Far too many people, their families and communities suffer the consequences of the harmful use of alcohol through violence, injuries, mental health problems and diseases like cancer and stroke,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “It’s time to step up action to prevent this serious threat to the development of healthy societies.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched SAFER, a new initiative and technical package outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments to reduce the harmful use of alcohol and related health, social and economic consequences.
SAFER is the newest WHO-led roadmap to support governments in taking practical steps to accelerate progress on health, beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) through addressing the harmful use of alcohol, and achieve development targets.
Strengthening collaboration with UNODC
WHO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made official plans for strengthened collaboration on the public health issues relating to drug use around the world. The Memorandum of Understanding signed builds on the ongoing collaboration between the two UN entities, already intensive in the areas of drug dependence treatment and care. Areas for further joint work will include prevention of drug use and drug use disorders, improving access to medicines under international control, addressing the challenges of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and monitoring drug use and its health and social consequences.
37%of the 155 responding countries do not provide access to postgraduate training programmes in treatment of substance use disordersEducational attainment in prevention and treatment
The Global Information System on Alcohol and Health
The Global Information System on Alcohol and Health (GISAH) provides easy and rapid access to a wide range of alcohol-related health indicators. It is an essential tool for assessing and monitoring the health situation and trends related to alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, and policy responses in countries.
This web site contains information pertaining to psychoactive substance use and abuse, and also information about the World Health Organization's projects and activities in the areas of substance use and substance dependence.
WHO is the only agency dealing with all psychoactive substances, regardless of their legal status. WHO’s mandate in the area of psychoactive substance use includes:
- Prevention and reduction of the negative health and social consequences of psychoactive substance use;
- Reduction of the demand for non-medical use of psychoactive substances;
- Assessment of psychoactive substances so as to advise the United Nations with regard to their regulatory control.
Since its founding in 1948, WHO has played a leading role in supporting countries to prevent and reduce the problems due to psychoactive substance use, and in recommending which psychoactive substances should be regulated. In 2000, the Department of Substance Abuse was merged with the Department of Mental Health to form the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, reflecting the many common approaches of management of mental health and substance use disorders.
- Implementation of WHO’s global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol during the first decade since its endorsement, and the way forward
- Harmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year, most of them men
- Global status report on alcohol and health 2018
- Update of global data on prevention and treatment resources for substance use disorders
- Dialogue with representatives of the video games and related industries on public health implications of gaming