Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia, Brazil

Harmful use of alcohol context

The years of health life lost—a metric discussed in HBSA’s Design and Outcome Measures for the AB InBev Global Drinking Goals Evaluation paper—in Brasilia are estimated to be attributed to several elements:


Population: 3,717,728

Founded: August 1, 2016

Program Officer: André Avrichir

Steering Committee Coordinator: Leandro Piquet, Professor of International Relations

Number of YHL lost due to the harmful use of alcohol harmful alcohol use: TK

Percentage of total YHL


Leandro Piquet

Steering Committee Coordinator, Professor of International Relations

Jackeline Domingues Aguiar

Chief Staff of Secretary Education of the Federal District Government

Member since 2019

Priscila Estrela Himmen

Mental Health Coordinator of the Federal District Government

Member since 2019

Alessandro Silva Barbosa

Coordinator of Mobility Studies and Planning from the Federal District Government

Member since 2019

Dr. Martino Martinelli Filho

Director of the Heart Institute, INCOR

Member since 2019

Arthur Guerra de Andrade

Executive President of the Health and Alcohol Information Centre, CISA

Member since 2017

Melina Risso

Program Director of Igarapé Institute

Member since 2019

Disraelli Galvão

AmBev Government Affairs Director

Member since 2018

Alexandre Costa

AmBev Marketing Director for Institutional & Regional Brands

Member since 2019

Tabata Amaral

National Congresswoman for the State of São Paulo

Member since 2019

Michele Andrade

University of Brasilia Professor and leader of the Road Safety Study Center

Member since 2019

Júlia Lucy

Federal District Congresswoman

Samanta Salum

Olhar Brasilia newspaper head and former Correio Braziliense editor



Partner: Tellus

Project status
The program is developing a violence intervention targeted at hotspots identified using police data and alcohol sales outlet data. At hotspots, a range of negotiation and enforcement strategies will be applied to prompt more responsible alcohol sales practices. The program is similar to another program that program reduced crime by 4.6% and other unintentional injury by 6.3 percent. Crime in this context is considered to be physical assault, theft, and vandalism. This intervention is expected to reduce the harmful use of alcohol by 1.32% percent. If sexual violence also would be assumed to be reduced, the projected reduction would rise to 1.9 percent.


Screening and Brief Intervention is an evidence-based practice use to identify, reduce, and prevent the harmful use of, and dependence on, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Partner: Tellus

Project status
Widespread screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol problems has been rolled out in Ceilandia and Taguatinga, as our 2018 survey found that adults accounted for 94.2% of excessive alcohol consumption in the city. From 2017-18, Brasilia completed SBI with 3,845 adults which lead to a .06% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol. In 2019-2020, the Brasilia City Pilot plans to screen 56,000 adults of average risk at health centers which should achieve an additional 1.5% reduction). Because the SBI intervention will be built into the health care system, we expect it to continue after the start-up wave. Along with some rescreening and a refresher brief intervention, this should add at least another 1% reduction by 2022.


Partner: Falconi

Project status
To date, preliminary analysis suggests an enduring 8.0% reduction in YHLs from nonfatal crashes. Further, road safety efforts reduced the years of healthy life (YHLs) resulting from road crashes by 20.1% percent. Since drink-driving crashes account for 21.5% of YHL loss associated with alcohol in Brasilia, the reduction is equivalent to a 4.3% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol. The hotspot program is continuing, and its success has resulted in expansion of some of its components to other parts of the city.