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Friday, February 24, 2012

Global Actions on Harmful Drinking February 24, 2012

Key Recent Milestones:

· China: Chinese translations of these self-regulation documents are now available online: International Guide to developing a self-regulatory organization: Practical advice on setting up and consolidating an advertising self-regulatory system and Alcohol module: Looking at advertising self-regulatory standards related to alcoholic beverages.

Global Actions in Focus: Thailand Country Consultant and Conference

Global Actions initiatives in Thailand are making good progress, with recent milestones including a drink driving conference and the appointment of ICAP Country Consultant Panrasri Khonputsa.

On February 17, the conference Drink Driving in Thailand: From Findings to Actions presented the results of current drink driving assessment in Thailand. The study was conducted by the National Research Council of Thailand and the lead author is Dr. Angsana Tokitkla. The Industry plans of action were introduced in accordance with study findings from the Thai Foundation for Responsible Drinking (TFRD). Representatives from the alcohol industry, law enforcement, and the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) were among those in attendance. A discussion on community approaches to reducing drink driving was led by Robert Klein.

As ICAP’s new Country Consultant, Khonputsa will be working throughout 2012 to develop strategy and specific plans for Thailand in support of the WHO Alcohol Strategy. Prior to joining ICAP, she worked as a Consultant for the Road Safety Group of the National Health Foundation. Based in Bangkok, Khonputsa is collaborating with scientists, academics, and industry members working with ICAP on Global Actions initiatives.

What’s Happening Next:

· Brazil: Channel Research will be in Brazil to evaluate Global Actions Self-Regulation and Noncommercial Alcohol projects from March 5 to 9.

· Vietnam: A launch event of the marketing code for wine and spirits will be held on March 20 in Hanoi.