The European Institute of Women’s Health has published a new policy brief called “Women and Alcohol in the EU.”

The European Institute of Women’s Health is a multi-national, multi-disciplinary network of patient groups, health NGOs, researchers, gender experts, politicians, and medical professionals that works to support women’s health issues at the EU level.

The Institute has a series of plain language policy briefs that highlights sex and gender differences for various chronic diseases and includes policy recommendations. Recent work by the Institute has shown how some of the trends we are seeing now in women’s alcohol use mirrors earlier trends in women’s tobacco use.

The Women and Alcohol in the EU policy brief provides an overview of sex differences in the effects of alcohol and trends in alcohol consumption. It focuses on drinking in young women, older women (the EU has the highest proportion of older women in the world!), alcohol in pregnancy, alcohol and violence, women-focused marketing by the alcohol industry and drunk driving.

In terms of policy recommendations for addressing alcohol use in pregnancy, it makes connections to the EU Alcohol Strategy (which includes alcohol use during pregnancy as a priority) and comments “Tackle alcohol consumption in women before, during and after pregnancy, offering women support rather than blame.”

If you’re interested in learning more about alcohol policy initiatives related to pregnancy in the European Union, you might want to check out the European Alcohol Policy Alliance website here. Also see previous posts: