Under the auspices of the AHA, IAS joined a group of experts to develop an independent alcohol strategy, Health First: An evidence-based alcohol strategy for the UK. This strategy was endorsed by more than 70 health organisations and includes a top ten list of policy recommendations for reducing alcohol harm in the UK, including a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol.
This project, funded by the European Commission, aims to develop closer transatlantic ties between civil society organisations in US and EU, and develop an increased understanding of the issues relating to underage drinking and harm to adolescents.
The main output from this project is the development of a practical “how to” toolkit to facilitate implementation of evidence-informed alcohol policy at the local, national and international levels. Supported by materials that can be tailored to suit a range of audiences from academic researchers to youth groups, the toolkit, which consists of workshop materials accompanied by a Facilitator’s Guide, provides a step-by-step description of how to conduct alcohol policy advocacy training workshops.
This toolkit is designed to accompany the publication Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, Edited by Thomas Babor et al. The Guide and accompanying materials follow best-practices in adult learning by providing a mixture of didactic instruction, group discussion, strategic planning and interactive group activities.
The toolkit is currently in the final stages of development and will be available to access at the IAS website soon.
Bridging the Gap was funded by the European Commission for the years 2004-2006. The project included partners in 30 European countries as well as the World Health Organization (European Office), the European Youth Forum, and the European Public Health Alliance.
The main aim of the project was to create a vibrant alcohol policy network to further the development of an integrated Community strategy to reduce alcohol related-harm in the context of a larger Europe as embodied in the Council's conclusions of 5 June 2001, and to support and encourage European countries to implement the Council Recommendation on the drinking of alcohol by young people.
The Building Capacity project, with 31 country partners and 10 European organizations, was designed to support the EC in its Communication on alcohol, helping to reduce the €125bn of social costs due to alcohol each year in the EU. Building on the previous project “Bridging the Gap”, the project aimed to reduce inequalities between MS and promote the achievement of the Lisbon agenda for a viable productive Europe.