BLOG: COVID-19 and Alcohol – Consumption Data Strengthens Case for Ambitious Alcohol Policy

As Europe tentatively opens up, many are now looking back at how society was impacted by the first months of the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. In this timely and compelling overview, Kalle presents what Swedish data can illustrate so far about the impact of the lockdowns on alcohol consumption and what it could teach us when we design alcohol policy in the future…

BLOG: New Momentum For EU Alcohol Policy From 2020 And Beyond

The new decade brings new challenges and opportunities for EU alcohol policy.
In his compelling analysis, Kalle writes that the formal interest in alcohol policy from the European Commission is seemingly continuing its steady decline, with a reduction in specific actions, work streams and meetings.
Nevertheless, Kalle tracks a surprising number of trends that could positively impact EU- and national-level alcohol-policy making…

BLOG: EU Rules Don’t Threaten Icelandic Alcohol Retail Monopoly

The Icelandic discussion of new EU rules as a threat to the ATVR alcohol retail monopoly is based on a misunderstanding and risks gravely undermining Icelandic public health outcomes, writes Kalle and illustrates how important alcohol retail monopolies are and that they are not at odds with the EU Geoblocking Directive, as some have claimed in Iceland…