Passive drinking, like passive smoking, refers to the damage done to others as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages. These include the unborn fetus and children of parents who drink excessively, drunk drivers, accidents, domestic violence and alcohol-related sexual assaults
On 2 February 2010 Eurocare, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, organised a seminar on “The Social Cost of Alcohol : Passive drinking”. On 21 May 2010 the World Health Organization reached a consensus at the World Health Assembly on a resolution to confront the harmful use of alcohol.
The phrase passive drinking first appears in 1988 and again 1993 both times referring to the possibility to become intoxicated as a result of the inhalation of ethanol fumes, similar to the sniffing of ether.
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- "The Social Cost of Alcohol : Passive drinking – Eurocare event". European Alcohol Policy Alliance. 2010-02-25. http://www.epha.org/a/3885. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- "Call for action to reduce the harmful use of alcohol". World Health Organization. 2010-05-21. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2010/alcohol_20100521/en/index.html. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Bruce-Briggs, B. (1988-04-25). "THE HEALTH POLICE ARE BLOWING SMOKE Bolstered by bad science, the war on passive smoking is a trial run for a larger program of social manipulation.". CNN. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/1988/04/25/70438/index.htm. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Stepney, Rob (1993-12-28). "Health: Drunk? But not a drop passed my lips: Did you know that you can get tipsy simply by breathing in the fumes from other people's booze? Rob Stepney looks at the risks and possibilities of passive drinking". The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/health-drunk-but-not-a-drop-passed-my-lips-did-you-know-that-you-can-get-tipsy-simply-by-breathing-in-the-fumes-from-other-peoples-booze-rob-stepney-looks-at-the-risks-and-possibilities-of-passive-drinking-1469632.html. Retrieved 2010-05-30.