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Collaborating Centre on Alcohol and Other Drugs

WHO's Programme on Substance Dependence has involved the Alcohol & Public Health Research Unit, as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Research and Training in Alcohol and Drug Abuse, since 1987.

Specific terms of reference for APHRU as a collaborating centre are:

  • to collaborate in dissemination of information in order to increase the awareness of governments, the general public and the scientific community of the consequences of alcohol consumption and the possibilities of preventive intervention.
  • to collaborate in the improvement of data bases on alcohol-related casualties and alcohol consumption in the Western Pacific Region.
  • to collaborate in the development and evaluation of national policies and programmes concerned with health aspects of alcohol and drug abuse.

Working with WHO

The Unit participated in a WHO Working Group on Population Levels of Alcohol Consumption and WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Dependence and Alcohol Problems. In 1995 Sally Casswell spent a week in the European office assisting with development of the European charter on alcohol. The Unit was involved in review of Western Pacific region data for World Health Organization's Global Alcohol Database. Members of the Unit provided comment on the draft of 'Cannabis: A Health Perspective' and the strategic plan for a programme on Substance Abuse. Sally Casswell was involved in the Alcohol & Public Policies Project, co-authoring Alcohol Policy and the Public Good (Oxford University Press, 1994) and contributing a chapter to Alcohol & Public Policy: Evidence and Issues (Oxford University Press, 1995). Professor Casswell is currently a member of the Steering Group of the ‘Alcohol Policy and the Public Good, Second Edition Project’ 

Sally Casswell has been a rapporteur and an invited speaker at several WHO meetings, including the WHO European Ministerial Conference on Young People and Alcohol, Stockholm, 19-21 February 2001.

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