The TV report "EU steps up prevention of alcohol-related harm" shows how alcohol consumption is a growing health, social and economic problem in Europe. The problem is acute among teenagers, as shown by the following drinking patterns, shown in the video : "Binge-drinking" in the United Kingdom means drinking high amounts of alcohol in a single session. The terminology might be new but the phenomenon has long been practised in the UK, and increasingly for 15 years. "El botellòn" (the big bottle), in Spain, consists of heavy consumption of alcohol (a mixture of soda, wine and alcohol) in public places by a large group of youngsters. In Spain, 37% of the road accidents are caused by alcohol.
The TV report also analyses the health dangers of alcoholism during pregnancy and its consequences, such as the foetal alcohol syndrome. Children suffering from foetal alcohol syndrome present a mental handicap at birth that leads to a number of behavioural problems: learning difficulties, sleeping disorders or extreme impulsiveness...
Interviews:Moira Plant and Martin Plant, authors of the book "Binge-Britain", UK
Alicia Rodríguez Martos, Public Health Agency of Barcelona, Spain
Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection
Ben Baumberg, Policy and research officer, Institute of Alcohol Studies in London, UK
Frieda Matthys, Psychologist, AZ St-Maarten Mechelen, Belgium
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