Successful conference on alcohol, health and policy

4 October 2014

The Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP held Friday its second international conference in Amsterdam. The title of the conference was' Alcohol, health and policy'. There were approximately 160 participants from the Netherlands and abroad.

In the plenary part leading international scientists presented the latest data on alcohol related health burden in Europe and in the Netherlands, the impact of alcohol use on the development of cancer and liver disease and the most recent findings on alcohol intoxication in young people.

Local alcohol policy was the central theme of one of the afternoon sessions. Mark Worthington presented the remarkable success in the UK using mystery guests in the enforcement of age limits. The other sessions had topics such as the principle of minimum unit pricing, motivational interviewing and the impact of alcohol advertising on young people.

The day concluded with a lively panel discussion lead by Job Cohen, former State Secretary and former mayor of Amsterdam. Participants included the MPs Joël Voordewind and Marith Rebel. One of the conclusions of the debate was that price policy should have priority as a next step on the national policy podium.

Presentations are available here.


Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy STAP
P.O. Box 9769
3506 GT Utrecht
The Netherlands
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