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SAFER is a World Health Organization (WHO)-led initiative to reduce death, disease and injuries caused by the harmful use of alcohol using high-impact, evidence-based, cost-effective interventions. More than 3 million people die every year - one person every 10 seconds - from an alcohol-related cause. The harmful use of alcohol is a major obstacle to sustainable development and adversely affects the health and well-being of alcohol users, their families, colleagues and communities. Alcohol consumption causes death and disability relatively early in life, reducing the economic capacities of societies: 13.5% of all deaths among youth who are 20 to 29 years of age are attributed to alcohol.

Implementing SAFER will:

  • Save 100,000 lives by 2030;
  • Provide more than USD 9 in return for every USD 1 invested;
  • Protect billions of people from the socioeconomic impact of harmful alcohol use; and
  • Contribute to advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

SAFER provides five high-impact strategic actions that are prioritized for implementation to promote health and development:

  1. Strengthen restrictions on alcohol availability
  2. Advance and enforce drink driving counter measures
  3. Facilitate access to screening, brief interventions and treatment
  4. Enforce bans or comprehensive restrictions on alcohol advertising, sponsorship, and promotion
  5. Raise prices on alcohol through excise taxes and pricing policies

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Policy and legislation
Alcohol/drug use disorders
Primary care
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