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IAS is a member and key supporter of several networks and coalitions that work towards reducing harms caused by alcohol. These include:

Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) UK

The AHA UK brings together organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. Members include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners.

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA)

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance is a network of non-government organizations and people working in public health agencies who share information on alcohol issues and advocate evidence-based alcohol policies.

Resource centres affiliated to GAPA are already operating in the EU, USA, South America, India, South East Asia and Western Pacific regions. It is envisaged that the Alliance, in the not too distant future, will be able to establish centres in Africa.

European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare)

Eurocare is an alliance of non-governmental and public health and social organisations with around 50 member organisations across 21 European countries. Eurocare is not affiliated and does not receive any funding from the alcohol industry or any of its social aspect organisations.

Eurocare was formed in 1990 by 9 organisations concerned with the impact of the European Union on Alcohol Policy in Member States. It now has 48 member organisations across 21 countries in Europe, most of which are national or supranational umbrella organisations.

Member organisations are involved in advocacy and research, as well as in the provision of information and training on alcohol issues, and the provision of services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol related problems.

Alcohol Policy Youth Network (APYN)

APYN is a network of youth organizations and youth clubs that works towards the reduction of harmful effects of youth drinking. Its mission is to mobilize young people across Europe to raise awareness about alcohol related topics and to become advocates of better alcohol policy on a local, national and international level.

APYN conducts research into young people and alcohol and all its policies are based on scientific evidence.

APYN is apolitical and independent from any source of private funding.

UK Health Forum (UKHF)

The UK Health Forum (UKHF), a registered charity, is both a UK Forum and an international centre for the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. The UKHF undertakes policy research and advocacy to support action by government, the public sector and commercial operators.

As an alliance, the UKHF is uniquely placed to develop and promote consensus-based healthy public policy and to coordinate public health advocacy. The UKHF is also an authoritative information provider on all aspects of the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

EU Alcohol and Health Forum (EAHF)

The EU Alcohol and Health Forum is a platform where bodies active at European level can debate, compare approaches and act to tackle alcohol related harm.

Open All Hours? Licensing Aid

Open All Hours? is a network of civic societies and community organisations, which represents the interests of residents' and amenity groups in relation to the reform of the licensing laws.

Alcohol Policy Network in Europe

The Alcohol Policy Network (APN) is a European platform for sharing knowledge, experiences and opinions on public health oriented alcohol policy issues; working on behalf of its members; with a primary interest in public health and social welfare; organised on a voluntary basis without formal statutes and membership fees.

The APN emerged in the context of the EC sponsored project called Bridging the Gap (see IAS Projects for more details). Over the years the APN has grown, and functions as a network of individuals who exchange news, share information and in some cases, cooperate on joint activities.

UK Non-Communicable Diseases and Development Task Force

The UK NCDs and Development Task Force is an informal network of 15 established NGOs and academic institutions with a track record of advocacy, research, public policy development and service delivery relating to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.