Bridging the gap

„Bridging the Gap – Alcohol Policy in the Context of an Enlarged Europe“

Since 1995 the German Centre for Addiction Issues (DHS) is member of EUROCARE an European alliance of non-governmental organizations in the field of alcohol policy, which pursues the target of reducing the negative consequences of alcohol consumption on health and social welfare in Europe and investigates the impact of EU alcohol policy on the member states.

The “Bridging the Gap” (BtG) project is a three-year project from 2004 to 2006 run by EUROCARE  and co-financed by the European Commission, targeted on establishing a network of expert organisations to contribute to further development of a EU strategy to reduce alcohol-related harm. Considering the membership of new partners in the European Union an intensified cooperation between the Member States and the exchange of professional expertise and hands-on experience is prioritized aiming for the development and improvement of an effective and comprehensive alcohol policy. The DHS is the German counterpart of ”Bridging the Gap”.

The project includes partners in 30 European countries as well as the World Health Organization (European Office), the European Youth Forum, the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and the European Cultural Foundation.


Activities and Results

Within the framework of the project the first comprehensive report on alcohol in Europe was published. Three project groups focused on “National Reports”, “Advocacy” and “Youth” were established. National reports inform about the relevant laws concerning alcohol and alcohol policy and the administrative structure of prevention and treatment of addiction in the different countries. Conferences and workshops enhanced the knowledge and skills of the participating organizations. They are directed to politicians, programme planners and experts in public health and prevention of governmental and non-governmental organizations. A special Advocacy Tool Kit was developed and several advocacy training courses for policy makers and programme implementers were convened in order to build consensus in favour of health and social-minded reform.


Contact person

Gabriele Bartsch
Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen
Westenwall 4
59065 Hamm (Westf.)
Tel : +49 2381 9015-17
Fax: +49 2381 9015-30



downloadAlcohol in Europe - a Public Health Perspective, Report for the European Commission

downloadFact Sheet - Alcohol in Europe

downloadEU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm (2006)

downloadBridging the Gap Principles

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterCountry Profile Germany (extern)

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterExtract from WHO Global Status report on Alcohol 2004 (extern)



Eurocare Bidging the Gap-Conference 20.-22. November 2006 in Helsinki, Finnland
externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterConference


European Alcohol Policy Conference, 16.-19. June 2004, Warsaw, Polen


downloadOrganizers and Co-sponsors

downloadCV of Speakers and Moderators

downloadConference Papers and Abstracts



externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterEUROCARE

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterBridging the Gap

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterWHO - Europe

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterEuropean Youth Forum

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterEuropean Public Health Alliance

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterACTIS (Norway)

externer Link in ein neues BrowserfensterSTAP (Netherlands)