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Towards new recommendations to reduce the burden of alcohol-induced hypertension in the European Union

  • Jürgen Rehm1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6View ORCID ID profile,
  • Peter Anderson7, 8,
  • Jose Angel Arbesu Prieto9, 10,
  • Iain Armstrong11,
  • Henri-Jean Aubin12,
  • Michael Bachmann13,
  • Nuria Bastida Bastus14,
  • Carlos Brotons15,
  • Robyn Burton11,
  • Manuel Cardoso16,
  • Joan Colom17,
  • Daniel Duprez18,
  • Gerrit Gmel1, 19, 20,
  • Antoni Gual21,
  • Ludwig Kraus22, 23,
  • Reinhold Kreutz24,
  • Helena Liira25, 26,
  • Jakob Manthey6Email authorView ORCID ID profile,
  • Lars Møller27,
  • Ľubomír Okruhlica28,
  • Michael Roerecke1, 2, 3,
  • Emanuele Scafato29, 30,
  • Bernd Schulte31,
  • Lidia Segura-Garcia17,
  • Kevin David Shield1,
  • Cristina Sierra32,
  • Konstantin Vyshinskiy33,
  • Marcin Wojnar34 and
  • José Zarco35
BMC Medicine201715:173

Received: 24 October 2016

Accepted: 22 August 2017

Published: 28 September 2017

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Original Submission
24 Oct 2016 Submitted Original manuscript
30 Nov 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Arthur Klatsky
12 Dec 2016 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ian Puddey
31 Jan 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Tony Blakely
6 Mar 2017 Author responded Author comments - Jürgen Rehm
Resubmission - Version 2
6 Mar 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 2
9 Mar 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Arthur Klatsky
13 Mar 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ian Puddey
7 Jul 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Nhung Nghiem
28 Jul 2017 Author responded Author comments - Jürgen Rehm
Resubmission - Version 3
28 Jul 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 3
1 Aug 2017 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Nhung Nghiem
10 Aug 2017 Author responded Author comments - Jürgen Rehm
Resubmission - Version 4
10 Aug 2017 Submitted Manuscript version 4
22 Aug 2017 Editorially accepted
28 Sep 2017 Article published 10.1186/s12916-017-0934-1

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Authors’ Affiliations

Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada
Addiction Policy, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Canada
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Substance Use, Policy and Practice, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Alcohol and Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
Primary Care Center La Eria, Oviedo, Spain
Primary Care Spanish Society SEMERGEN, Madrid, Spain
Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England, London, UK
CESP, University Paris-Sud, UVSQ, INSERM, Université Paris-Saclay, APHP, Hôpitaux Universitaires Paris-Sud, Villejuif, France
Copentown Healthcare Consultants, Cape Town, South Africa
Primary Health Center, Raval Nord, Barcelona, Spain
Sardenya Primary Health Care Center, Biomedical Research Institute Sant Pau, Barcelona, Spain
General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Lisbon, Portugal
Program on Substance Abuse, Public Health Agency of Catalonia, Department of Health, Government of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Cardiovascular Division, School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Implant Systems Group, National ICT Australia, Eveleigh, Australia
Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Addictions Unit, Psychiatry Department, Neurosciences Institute, Hospital Clinic, IDIBAPS, Barcelona, Spain
IFT Institut für Therapieforschung, Munich, Germany
Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD), Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Institute of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany
General Practice, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
University of Helsinki, Department of General Practice, and Helsinki University Central Hospital, Unit of Primary Health Care, Helsinki, Finland
Division of Noncommunicable Diseases through the Life Course, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Centrum pre Liecbu Drogovych Zavislosti, Bratislava, Slovakia
National Observatory on Alcohol, National Centre on Addiction and Doping, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy
Società Italiana di Alcologia (SIA), Italian Society of Alcohology, Bologna, Italy
Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research, Hamburg University, Universitätsklinik Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany
Hypertension and Vascular Risk Unit, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, IDIBAPS, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Research Institute on Addictions, Federal Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology n.a. V. Serbsky, Moscow, Russia
Department of Psychiatry, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Drugs Intervention Group, semFYC, Ibiza Primary Health Care Center, Madrid, Spain