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The WHO global alcohol strategy All governments should implement recommended areas of action in the WHO Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2010. This Strategy provides a broad selection of possible interventions that governments can implement to reduce alcohol problems; those interventions will also be effective to reduce alcohol-related harm inflicted on children and youth. NGOs as watchdogs NGOs working in the fields of social justice, development, health, children and gender issues have

an important role to play in challenging their governments to adopt the WHO strategies to prevent alcoholrelated harm and to advocate for national and local follow-up. National policy alliances National alcohol policy alliances are now being formed in an increasing number of countries. These alliances serve as civil society advocacy voices for restrictive and evidence-based alcohol policies. The groups include NGOs specialized in alcohol issues, but also a broad range of social and humanitarian organizations from the fields of gender rights, poverty eradication, child rights, HIV/AIDS, health, education,


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