The European Union is the region with the highest alcohol consumption in the world accompanied by high levels of alcohol use disorders among adolescents and adults. Alcoholpolicies and legal drinking ages vary and have been based on the history, culture, social conditions, economic interests and taxation policies of each country. However this is
increasingly at odds with a new generation of medical research.
This paper will present empirical evidence clearly pointing to basic changes that need to be made in alcohol policy across the EU in order to prevent further alcohol use disorders and the resultant high levels of morbidity and mortality.
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