Harmful use of alcohol surveillance is important because:

  • To inform national authorities about the need to improve policies to reduce alcohol related harms.
  • To decrease its impact on overall mortality and alcohol-specific mortality, as well as injuries, mental disorders, development disorder, and other health conditions.
  • It allows information exchange to implement and evaluate measures for harmful use of alcohol and its impact on the population.

Harmful use of alcohol commitments:

  • Monitoring and surveillance is one of the alcohol policy areas of the WHO Global Strategy for Reducing Harmful Use of Alcohol adopted in 2010.
  • A strategic area of the Regional Plan of Action adopted in 2011.