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The RARHA Project

The Joint Action on Reducing Alcohol Related Harm (RARHA) was co-funded by the European Union (EU) under the second EU Health Programme together with the contribution from Member States (MS). RARHA was a three-year action aiming at supporting MS to carry out work on common priorities in line with the EU Alcohol Strategy, and strengthen MS capacity to address and reduce alcohol related harm.

The Joint Action RARHA was coordinated by the Ministry of Health in Portugal (General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies – SICAD). 31 Associated Partners and 28 Collaborating Partners took part in the Joint Action. In the group of associated partners, there were 27 EU MS together with Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. The group of collaborating partners included, among others, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pompidou Group and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). SICAD ensured the coordination of all partners involved, as well as the coordination of the Joint Action Work Package's (WP).

The work in RARHA was divided into three horizontal and three vertical working areas, which contributed to a better understanding of European and national realities through the harmonization of concepts and data collection, while facilitating the monitoring of this phenomenon. The horizontal themes of WPs were: coordination, dissemination and evaluation. The vertical WPs addressed issues such as: a) generating more comparable data across EU MS on consumption patterns and on alcohol related harm (WP4); b) understanding the scientific basis for different guidelines for low risk drinking across Europe, to provide guidance to policy makers (WP5); and c) developing a tool kit to disseminate good practices on early intervention, public awareness campaigns and school-based programmes (WP6).