Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm

7-9 October 2015, EICC Edinburgh


The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance is a network of non-governmental organisations and people working in public health agencies who share information on alcohol issues and advocate evidence-based alcohol policies, “free from commercial interests.”

Resource centres affiliated to GAPA operate in Africa, European Union, South America, South East Asia, USA and Western Pacific regions.

GAPA emerged from the inaugural Conference held in Syracuse, New York, in the summer of 2000. Experts and advocates from all over the world came together to share their views and to find a way to co-ordinate their efforts. It became quite clear that there was a community of interest and an urgent need to match the measures being taken by the global alcohol industry to increase sales and circumvent health promotion policies. The dedication and scientific knowledge displayed at Syracuse has been a formidable tool in helping governments around the globe to counter the health problems created by alcohol consumption.

GAPA has hosted many successful alcohol policy events over the past 15 years, including the most recent Conferences in Thailand and South Korea.


Momentum for change: research and advocacy reducing alcohol harm


  • To provide a forum for alcohol researchers and advocates from around the world to share knowledge about new evidence, effective alcohol policies and successful advocacy approaches to reduce the harm that alcohol causes.
  • To build capacity and co-ordinate effective research, policy and advocacy responses to the activities of the global alcohol industry.
  • To have a specific focus on building research and advocacy capacity in those parts of the world where alcohol harm is increasing and where regulatory policies are limited.


Programme Committee 


Professor Sally Casswell, Massey University, New Zealand  (chair)

Dr Cuong Pham, Hanoi School of Public Health, Vietnam

Associate Professor David Jernigan, Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

Dr Nazarius Tumwesigye, Makerere University, School of Public Health, Uganda

Professor Neo Morojele, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Unit of the Medical Research Council, South Africa

Ms Nina Rehn, Nordic Centre for Welfare Issues and Social Issues (NVC), Finland

Ms Petrina MacNaughton, Alcohol Focus Scotland

Dr Surasak Chaiyasong, Center for Alcohol Studies/Health Promotion Policy Unit, International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Professor Vivek Benegal, Deaddiction Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India  

Supporting Organisations

Co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation

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Massey University
Alcohol Research UK