Not to mention that the effects described are what we use to justify all the condemnation and punishment for other drugs and their users. A great example of the inconsistency and double standards we apply depending on the stories we tell about the drugs and the people who frequent them. Let's see, how do you spell h-y-p-o-c-r- . . . ?
World Health Organization (WHO) experts will recommend ways to fight dangers linked to alcohol, including heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and sexually-transmitted infections, a spokeswoman said on Friday.
The United Nations agency's executive board this week endorsed efforts to raise awareness about the risks of injury, violence and illness from the harmful use of alcohol, especially by young people and pregnant women, Fadela Chaib said.
The 34-member board agreed the WHO should draft a global strategy to reduce those threats. It may include guidance on the marketing, pricing and distribution of alcoholic drinks, as well as health worker training and public awareness campaigns.
The strategy, to be completed in two years, would aim particularly to protect "all at-risk populations such as young people and those affected by the harmful drinking of others," Chaib told a news briefing.
In 2003, the WHO clinched an international treaty aimed at curbing tobacco use through stronger warnings on cigarette packages and limits on advertising and sponsorship.
Nordic countries raised concerns about the public health hazards from alcohol to the WHO more than three years ago.
A report presented to the executive board found that harmful drinking caused 2.3 million premature deaths worldwide each year, accounting for nearly 4 percent of global deaths.