policy brief reduce alcohol.pdf
Heart disease and stroke, cancers, diabetes,
and chronic respiratory diseases and other
noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cause tens of
millions of deaths per year, the majority of which
occur during the most productive years of life. NCDs
reduce economic output and prevent people around
the world of living lives of health and wellbeing.
Creating the conditions that favour sustainable
development means taking action to prevent and
control NCDs now.
Nine global NCD targets provide a vision for progress
by 2025. The WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020
and other resources provide a roadmap of policies
and interventions to realise this vision. When
implemented, they will put countries on track to
meet the commitments made on NCDs at the United
Nations General Assembly in 2011 and 2014, and
in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,
including target 3.4 to reduce premature NCD deaths
and target 3.5 to strengthen the prevention and
treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic
drug use and harmful use of alcohol.