QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. Germany Country Report 2008 Name: Gabriele Bartsch Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Organisation: Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen (DHS) German Centre for Addiction Issues 1. COUNTRY REPORT A. ALCOHOL POLICY DEVELOPMENTS Please provide information about new or proposed legislation, government strategies/ action plans, initiatives, programmes and campaigns. The German Drug and Addiction Council elaborated recommendations for the German Drug Commissioner for a “National Action Programme for Alcohol Prevention”. Non-Governmental Organisations, Medical Professional Organisations, Health Insurance Companies and the National Pensions Fund, as well as industry representatives and industry-oriented actors were invited to make statements to the recommendations and to answer questions of the Drug Commissioner (15.09.2008). As the recommendations include structural prevention measures, as e.g. the regulation of advertising and sponsoring, reducing the availability of alcohol, introduction of warning labels and pricing as an instrument of reducing consumption, the discussion was very controversial, and the reaction of the industry representatives extremely negative. The Drug Commissioner will present the final version of the Action Programme at the end of this year (2008). The German Drug Commissioner and the “Deutscher Fußball-Bund” (DFB – German Football Association) agreed to a cooperation which implies information and prevention activities but exclude a general ban of advertising. Children and junior leagues will use shirts without beer or alcohol brand names. For all matches of children and junior leagues there will be a complete ban of alcohol advertising (18.08.2008). The German Health Ministry (BMG) and the “Federal Centre for Health Education” decided to support the next alcohol awareness week “Action Week Alcohol 2009” which will be realized by DHS form 13th to 21st of June 2009. In December 2007 was decided to implement the “Hard at the Limit” project (HaLT), a municipal alcohol prevention approach and model project, all over Germany (27.09.2007). B. RESEARCH UPDATE AND STATISTICS Please provide information about ongoing or published studies/ surveys, as well as any published statistics ( eg: trends in consumption, mortality, accidents and injuries etc) - 2008 „ESPAD“ Study (Results for Germany) 2008 Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) (Ed.). „Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Related Disorders” 2008 Berlin Centre for Addiction Prevention. „JAH-Study” (Youth Alcohol Backgrounds) 2008 Bundesamt für Statistik (Federal Statistical Office). Road Accidents in 2007. 2008 Bundesamt für Statistik (Federal Statistical Office). Acute Alcohol Intoxications / Hospital Admissions 2007 Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) (Ed.). „Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Consumption of Young People in Germany – Results of the Children and Youth Survey in Germany (KIGGS) 2007 DHS & DG Sucht (German Society for Addiction Research) (Ed.). “German Addiction Care Statistics 2006” C. ANY OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION Alcohol Policy and Prevention are relevant topics in Germany. In the years 2007 and 2008 governmental and non-governmental addiction policy highlighted legal drugs (alcohol and tobacco). Several conferences focused on the question “what works in prevention / which methods and measures are effective”.
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