RCP representative to speak at seminar on EU public health policy and alcohol-related harm

The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) representative on European alcohol policies, Professor Nick Sheron FRCP, will appear at a public health policy and alcohol-related harm seminar in Brussels on 27 September 2016.

The objective of the seminar, to be hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, is to examine possible action at EU level and discuss measures that member states are contemplating in the fight against alcohol-related harm, such as:

  • minimum unit pricing
  • health labelling
  • regulation of advertising.


The meeting will be opened by Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Irish Minister of State for Health Promotion, who will outline the current plans for tackling alcohol-related harm in Ireland. Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety will then set out the possible actions that the European Commission may take to further assist Member States in addressing alcohol-related harm.

Professor Nick Sheron will provide an overview of the alcohol-related harm crisis in the EU. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe has the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world.

If you wish to attend the seminar please register with Catherine.Cogan@dfa.ie