Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017


Wednesday 04 October 2017 - Friday 06 October 2017


The international GAPC is the leading forum for the world’s alcohol policy makers and researchers.

GAPC 2017 will be co-hosted by FARE, PHAA, NAAA and GAPA in Melbourne Australia in October 2017.

The conference will be held over three days.

This conference’s theme of Mobilising for Change – Alcohol policy and the evidence for action builds on earlier conferences’ translation of evidence into action and recognises the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that alcohol consumption caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012 – nearly 6 percent of all deaths worldwide. With a multitude of short- and long-term health risks associated with alcohol consumption (including alcohol poisoning, increased cancer risk, motor vehicle crashes, alcohol dependence and alcoholism, homicides, suicides, stillbirths, heart disease and stroke), communities are often desperate for effective measures to stem the tide.

GAPC 2017 forges links between the evidence and action using rigorous alcohol policy research to inform effective responses at local, state and national levels.

Previous conferences have also focused on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development and the need for international collaboration. GAPC 2017 will maintain this tradition.

Each day of the GAPC 2017 will be distinct and dedicate time to learning from other sectors (beyond alcohol), particularly from successful interventions and global alliances and advocacy movements. A diverse range of speakers, will provide opportunities for the discussion of about the experience of these other advocacy movements and how this can be applied to the alcohol policy environment and ways to reinvigorate GAPA.

This three-day conference will explore a range of themes, including:

  • Advocacy and leadership
  • Emerging and innovative research
  • Vested interests

GAPC 2017 is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Location Melbourne, Australia