The State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA) was established in 1993. It is a specialized government agency subordinated to the Minister of Health. It develops and presents expert opinions on draft laws and action plans in the field of alcohol policy. PARPA operates in accordance with art. 3 of the "Act on upbringing in sobriety and counteracting alcoholism" and has been entrusted with the following tasks:
- Preparation of a draft National Program for the Prevention and Solving of Alcohol-Related Problems and a draft allocation of funds for its implementation;
- giving expert opinions and preparing alcohol and alcohol-related bills and action plans;
- providing information and education, preparing expert opinions, and developing and implementing new methods of prevention and solving alcohol-related problems
- providing advice to local authorities, institutions, associations and individuals who implement tasks related to the prevention and solving of alcohol-related problems;
- cooperating with municipal and provincial authorities in the area of prevention and solving of alcohol-related problems;
- coordinating and initiating actions that boost effectiveness and accessibility of detoxification treatment services to the addicts and their families;
- commissioning and financing tasks regarding the solving of alcohol-related problems;
- cooperating with international organizations and institutions that operate in the field of solving of alcohol-related problems;
- intervening in the cases of infringing provisions stipulated in the "Act on upbringing in sobriety and counteracting alcoholism" and appearing at courts as a public prosecutor.
The National Program for the Prevention and Solving of Alcohol-Related Problems is a document that sets goals and tasks to be implemented by the Agency.
Experts and scientific centers who diagnose health condition, life-style, and consumption of alcohol in the society and these focusing on the modernization of prevention and therapeutic programs closely cooperate with the Agency. The Agency provides support to the staff of addiction treatment institutions, cooperates with state and regional administration and provides specialized knowledge to several institutions and associations that are committed to the implementation of the National Program for the Prevention and Solving of Alcohol-Related Problems.
The Agency conducts activity in the scope of public and professional education aimed at raising the awareness and broadening knowledge of the wide public and professionals alike in the field of prevention and solving of alcohol-related problems. Public awareness campaigns organized by the Agency include "Stop Domestic Violence" in 1997, "Alcohol Steals Freedom" in 1999, "Childhood without Violence" in 2001, "Alcohol - Access Denied to Minors", 1st edition in 2003; 2nd edition in 2004-2005; and "Pregnancy without Alcohol" in 2007.
Polish system of prevention and solving of alcohol-related problems is considered to be one of the best in the world. Still, the Agency works to further develop it and make it even more effective. This is why it remains open to acquiring new partners across Poland and abroad and looks forward to the implementation of efficient and verified methods aimed at the reduction of negative social, health and economic consequences of alcohol use in Poland.
The Department of Dependence Treatment and Medical Programmes
The Department for Youth and Family
The Department of Local Programmes
The Department of Public Education and Analysis
The Department of Financial Matters
The Legal Department
The Department of Audit and Administration