Alcohol and non-communicable diseases (NCDs): time for a serious international public health effortadd

3 de setembro de 20111min11

Together with smoking, diet and physical inactivity,
consumption of alcohol is among the four most
important risk factors for non-communicable disease
(NCD). Alcohol consumption, especially heavy
consumption, impacts on cancer, liver cirrhosis and
stroke. To reduce the burden of NCD, effective alcohol
policies should be implemented locally, nationally and
Each year, in connection with the opening of the General
Assembly sessions, the United Nations holds a special
session on an agreed-upon topic. In 2011, the topic is
non-communicable diseases (NCDs), arguing for their
inclusion in the Millennium Development Goals, with the
primary goal of emphasizing the importance of addressing
such diseases in order to reduce the global burden of
illness, not only in rich countries, but also in poor countries
as a consequence of major epidemiological transitions
[1–2; Parry et al. unpublished data].


Sobre a UNIAD

A Unidade de Pesquisa em álcool e Drogas (UNIAD) foi fundada em 1994 pelo Prof. Dr. Ronaldo Laranjeira e John Dunn, recém-chegados da Inglaterra. A criação contou, na época, com o apoio do Departamento de Psiquiatria da UNIFESP. Inicialmente (1994-1996) funcionou dentro do Complexo Hospital São Paulo, com o objetivo de atender funcionários dependentes.


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