– Geneva, Online event.
Why is this webinar series needed?
It is estimated that about 25% of worldwide alcohol consumption is unrecorded. Unrecorded alcohol may contain toxic ingredients that could lead to poisoning and even death, but recent evidence suggests that most of the harm derived from unrecorded alcohol is caused by hazardous drinking patterns and not by its quality. The lack of standardization and quality control makes it difficult to measure and estimate the consumption of unrecorded alcohol. Additionally, the higher affordability of unrecorded alcohol increases inequalities because it is often drunk by people of low socioeconomic status and heavy drinkers, accelerating the harms attributable to alcohol consumption that they might already experience. Moreover, informal production of alcohol is difficult to regulate, curtailing the impact of cost-effective alcohol control interventions.
Addressing the phenomenon of unrecorded alcohol involves sectors such as health, finance, economic development and agriculture. Policies options to tackle unrecorded alcohol depend on how prevalent and normalized its consumption is in each country.
What do we aim to achieve?
This webinar seeks to shed light on the dimensions of the unrecorded alcohol phenomenon and showcase country practices, their challenges and possible policy responses.
What should participate?
Government officials, civil society associations, researchers, local authorities, consumer associations, general public.