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    Welcome to RARHA Website

    ​Reducing Alcohol Related Harm​

  • Welcome to Reducing Alcohol Related Harm website

    Welcome to RARHA website

    Reducing Alcohol Related Harm

  • Welcome to Reducing Alcohol Related Harm website

    Welcome to RARHA website

    Reducing Alcohol Related Harm​



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Alcohol is the 3rd risk factor for disease and death in the European Union.  The direct costs through healthcare, crime, policing, accidents and productivity losses were €155 billion in 2010.  The EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm identifies common priorities, including the need to develop common evidence base and monitoring, and the need to inform and raise awareness on alcohol related harm. These are instrumental for the priorities to protect children, young people and the unborn child, to reduce harm among adults and to reduce harm due to drink driving. The prevalence of harmful drinking was chosen as one key indicator for monitoring progress against the EU strategy.
RARHA, funded by the European Union under the second EU Health Programme, is a 3 years action aiming at supporting  Member States to take forward work on common priorities in line with the EU Alcohol Strategy and strengthen Member States’ capacity to address and reduce the harm associated with alcohol.
Member States will be mobilised to take-up of common survey methodology to obtain comparable data for monitoring progress in reducing alcohol related harm at national and EU level and for benchmarking national developments against wider trends. 
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  • RARHA at the Lisbon Addictions
    28 Oct 2015
    Last September, Lisbon received the First European conference on addictive behaviours and dependencies 2015. More than 600 experts from 56 countriesparticipated in this successfully conference
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  • II SICAD Congress
    20 Apr 2016

    The Joint Action RARHA  was one of the themes presented at the II SICAD Congress, in Portugal.

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  • Expert Meeting Helsinki
    17 Feb 2016


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  • RARHA Final Conference

    The Final Conference will happen on October 13-14 in Lisbon and you are welcome to attend the meeting!   

    The conference will be held at:
    Fundação Oriente
    Edifício Pedro Álvares Cabral
    Doca de Alcântara Norte
    1350-352 LISBON

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    Pre-register for the conference as soon as feasible using the link below and follow the form information if you need help to book travel and room.
    Detailed agenda will be circulated to participants in due course.


  • Policy Dialogue
    The RARHA Policy Dialogue will take place in Brussels on September 6th.
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  • RAHRA KICK-OFF MEETING - 31th January 2014, EMCDDA Conference Centre, Lisbon

  • THE PARLIAMENT - Politics, Policy and People Magazine
  • A LOOK AHEAD - Journalists’ guide to upcoming events and products from the EU drugs agency in Lisbon

 Key Messages

  • ​Europe has the highest shares of drinkers and the highest levels of alcohol consumption and alcohol related harm.
  • All European countries are affected by alcohol consumption and related harm, although with different levels and patterns of consumption.
  • Wide participation in RARHA reflects the importance accorded by European countries to a solid knowledge base for public health policies to reduce alcohol related harm.


    The Coordination has full responsibility  to ensure that the Joint Action is implemented according  to the grant agreement, is also responsible for the technical and financial management of the action.
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    The Associated  Partners are the main actors of the Joint Action, for which their costs are borne and to which they contribute financially; they coordinate with the main partner appropriate arrangements for the proper performance of the action.
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    The Collaborating  Partners follow the work done and may significantly increase the technical and scientific content of the Joint Action, as well as its relevance for different users in the Union, not receiving any EU funding.
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    Detailed evaluation plan for internal and external evaluation

    Where do EU Contries set the limit for low risk drinking. ​Results from the EU RARHA survey

    Poster presentation : The implementation in Europe (EU) of the low risk drinking guidelines: results from the RARHA survey

    Early interventions

    Committee for national alcohol policy and action – scoping paper

    The harm done by alcohol to the individual drinker

    Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use - Economics and Public Health Policy

    Alcohol reduction presentations (Prezi)