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The Danish Health Authority monitors ongoing research into the correlations between drinking and diseases and premature death. We provide guidance to the public as well as other authorities on responsible drinking and alcohol consumption

Updated 27 JAN 2021

Alcohol consumption remains one of the major risk factors for disease and premature mortality in Europe. Alcohol is an organic solvent that can cause at least seven types of cancer and contribute to the development of over 60 different diseases, including gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular diseases, liver diseases, high blood pressure and weakened immune system as well as a number of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Four out of five adult Danes drink alcohol during the course of a year, and Danes generally have a high alcohol consumption. Excessive consumption of alcohol can have personal, health and economic consequences not only for the person who drinks but also for his/her relatives. There are also significant socio-economic consequences related to the consumption of alcohol.

The Danish Health Authority disseminates knowledge and creates awareness – for example through campaigns to reduce alcohol consumptions – and collaborates internationally with The Nordic Council of Ministers, EU and WHO.

Learn more

WHO: recent publication on alcohol

European Commission - Alcohol and Health Forum

EU collaboration - Reducing Alcohol Related Harm