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Directing Council Approves Plan of Action to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol

PAHO’s 51st Directing Council approved a new Plan of Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol that seeks to lower levels of per-capita alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harm. It proposes measures ranging from increased taxes on alcohol sales and restrictions on marketing, to training for primary health care workers in screening and treatment for risky drinkers. According to WHO data, alcohol consumption was the leading risk factor for deaths and illnesses in the Americas in...