World Health Organization Endorses Global Strategy to Curb Alcohol Abuse
Breaking decades of inaction on one of the leading causes of sickness and death, the World Health Organization’s 193 member states endorsed a global strategy to reduce alcohol abuse in a consensus vote on Wednesday.
The Associated Press reports that the strategy contains a series of optional measures to combat alcohol abuse, from lowering the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers to restricting hours of bars and liquor stores.
The most controversial proposals affect brewers and liquor manufacturers, and deal with pricing and marketing.
The deliberations have been closely watched by the alcohol industry, which is wary of new taxes and advertising controls. Groups supporting brewers and liquor manufacturers say taxes and marking controls don’t reduce abuse.