Alcohol and Substance Use - NDPHS

Alcohol and Substance Use

In our work on alcohol and substance use, we tackle the health and social harm that alcohol, tobacco and psychoactive substances cause. Our efforts focus on supporting knowledge-based policymaking to reduce the health and social harm from these substances.

Excess use of alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco and other psychoactive substances are some of the leading causes of disability and premature death in our region. They cause a range of mental and behavioural disorders and communicable conditions. On top of that, substance use-related harm costs billions of euros to health systems and societies every year.

Knowledge-based policies, programmes and practices can effectively reduce harm caused by alcohol, tobacco and substance. That is why our Expert Group on Alcohol and Substance Use engages in policy learning. As representatives of Ministries of Health and National Health Institutes, the members of the group regularly share the trends in the alcohol, tobacco and psychoactive substances use along with the policies that have and have not worked.

Expert Group Members

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Norway Norge

Chair

Mr. Bernt Bull
Ministry of Health and Care Services

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Lithuania Lietuva

Co-Chair

Ms Jelena Talackiene
Ministry of Health

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Norway Norge

International Technical Advisor

Dr. Zaza Tsereteli
Royal Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services

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Estonia Eesti

Ms. Brigitta Õunmaa
Ministry of Social Affairs of the Republic of Estonia
Adviser at the Department of Public Health

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Finland Suomi

Ms. Hanna Heikkilä
Development Manager
National Institute for Health and Welfare
Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions unit

Alternate(s)

Mr Thomas Karlsson
National Institute for Health and Welfare

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Latvia Latvija

Ms. Sanita Lazdina
Senior Expert, Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention Unit, Public Health Department, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia

Ms. Elēna Zviedre
Senior Expert,
Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention Unit, Public Health Department, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Latvia

Alternate(s)

Ms. Kate Vulāne
Senior Public Health Analyst, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control of Latvia

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Lithuania Lietuva

Alternate(s)

Ms. Aurelija Čepulytė
State Mental Health Centre

Ms. Grazina Belian
Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department

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Norway Norge

Ms. Herdis Dugstad

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Poland Polska

Mr. Janusz Sierosławski
The Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology

Russia Россия

Cooperation suspended until
further notice.

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Sweden Sverige

Ms. Eleonor Säftsen
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Unit for Alcohol Prevention

Alternate(s)

Mr Richard Henriksson
The Public Health Agency of Sweden
Unit for Health-promoting Lifestyles

Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM)

Ms. Nadja Frederiksen
Nordens välfärdscenter/Pohjoismainen hyvinvointikeskus
Nordic Welfare Centre

World Health Organization

Dr. Carina Ferreira-Borges
WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Moscow, Russian Federation