GTA alcohol

Following the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on alcohol policy, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) began to work on the development of a tool to facilitate the calculation of per capita alcohol consumption in each country, one of the indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and to elaborate a document proposing minimum standardized questions, for adult population surveys, on alcohol use, associated damages and perceptions regarding public control policies.

A list of indicators for a national surveillance system was also developed as well as a compilation of information for defining a standard drink and its possible uses at the national level. The group of experts congratulated PAHO/WHO on their work, presented in November, and recommended its continuation so that the final products can be disseminated in the Region and used for training at the national and subregional levels.

In addition, the group recommended that PAHO/WHO develop standardized questions for surveys in adolescent and school populations. The work will be carried out in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) (like the material already developed). Finally, WHO supports the initiative to develop indicators for the surveillance and monitoring of SAFER, the new technical action package recently launched, reflecting the most cost effective policies to reduce harmful use of alcohol.