A committee has been set up to consider what should be included in the new strategy, which is due to run from 2016 to 2022.
The first strategy ran from 2006 to 2012 and focussed on five priorities: protecting young people; reducing injuries and deaths from alcohol-related road accidents; preventing alcohol-related harm among adults and reducing the negative impact in workplaces; educating people and raising awareness of the impact and dangers of alcohol abuse; and developing and maintaining a record of similar cases across the EU.
Now anyone with “relevant experience or expertise” has been asked to suggest priorities going forward.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said she would be responding to highlight initiatives already being undertaken, such as the Responsibility Pledge
She said: “We will also look to gather support for EU action that would encourage consumers towards lower-strength drinks like beer through the tax system, and highlight the benefits of self-regulation and partnership working. Binge drinking, underage drinking, and alcohol-related crime have all fallen sharply in recent years, so partnership is the right approach.”
The deadline for submitting written evidence is Friday 19 September.