Blog Archive

Since 2011, our Global Voices have produced more than 400 thought-provoking and opinionated blog articles – covering a diverse range of topics. Some blog articles are short, some are longer, some address specific issues and countries and others take up global trends. All of them are worth reading, for the insight they provide. Find them here…

You’ve Never Thought About The Alcohol Norm In This Way Before

The vast majority of the Swedish population does not value alcohol as an aspect of social gatherings. But the alcohol norm – not only in Sweden but across the world – seems to create a culture where people consume alcohol despite not wanting to.
How come people’s preferences can be suppressed in such a scale?
Why is it like that?
Who benefits from this actually?
In his revolutionary blog post, Lucas provides through-provoking answers to these questions. With the use of state-of-the-art science, he then suggests a completely new way to think about the role of alcohol in our societies…

The Story Of Absolut Vodka’s Latest Feminist Effort

Can a “consumer whisperer” be an agent of societal change?
Kristina is exploring this question in her latest blog post, as she dissects the attempts of Absolut Vodka to appear feminist.
Read about the story of Big Alcohol’s latest attempt to capture the values (and attention and money) of empowered, emancipated women and other feminists and see how Kristina exposes the hypocrisy and contradictions of this latest campaign…

What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Vulnerable Children

As societies are going into hibernation, people are to stay at home and self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable children have nowhere else to go than their dangerous homes, none else to turn to than unpredictable adults in their homes.
In this important blog post, Mona helps us see this new situation with the eyes of affected children.
Every day, millions of children suffer because their parents – or other adults in their lives – are a threat to them. Parents who have alcohol problems, parents who use other drugs, parents with mental illness, parents who are violent. The problem of children growing up in homes with parental alcohol problems is massive and so far has remained largely ignored despite the scale of the problem, the immense dangers to the health and wellbeing of affected children and the serious violations of children’s rights. The physical distancing and self-isolation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic are now compounding the situation of vulnerable children.
Therefore, Mona explores the extent of the problem and what the current situation means for vulnerable children. And she sugests a number of remedies to protect children as much as possible…

Movendi’s Physical Distancing and Self-Isolation* Coping Kit

A letter from Movendi International President Kristina to our members and friends worldwide.
We have entered unexpected times when we are all of a sudden exposed to a completely unforseen situation, in which conditions change rapidly, and our lives have to be re-organized. Many countries have declared national crises. We see more and more quarantine orders being implemented and the requests for self-isolation and social distancing are urgent. Everyone is affected, every person, family, community and society. The most vulnerable are at greater risk than the more privileged ones and will, inevitably, be affected disproportionately.
And so, the role that each of us and we together as a movement can play in the coming weeks and months also matters. Together, we can make a real difference. And everything starts with being there for one another, in our spirit of solidarity, that is core of our DNA.
In this spirit, Movendi International will step up and do what we can do as global umbrella. We have devised four concrete measures that Kristina outlines and invites our members to join and participate in…

Myths and Truths About Alcohol and COVID-19

Alcohol is both: an immunodepressant and a powerful disinfectant, when applied to surfaces.
As the coronavirus has reached pandemic levels and misinformation and myths about “preventive remedies” are spreading on social media, it is absolutely crucial for people’s and public health that myths are debunked and facts are promoted – for people to have access to accurate information.
In this timely blog post, Maik investigates alcohol myths and truths as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic in order to share compelling scientific evidence (not his own opinion) about how to protect your health as much as possible…

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…

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9 Truths About Big Alcohol You Didn’t Know WHO Reported On

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the world’s premier norm-setting agency in public and global health, including for alcohol prevention and control. For example through the WHO global alcohol status report – the most authoritative source of evidence about alcohol they report latest data about alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm and alcohol policy implementation.
What is less known and what receives much less attention is how the global alcohol status report covers Big Alcohol. It actually provides remarkable revelations.
In this compelling blog, Shehara explores the nine truths about the alcohol industry that should receive much wider attention…

4 Clues To Explain Big Alcohol’s Fundamental Conflict of Interest

Increased alcohol consumption leads to increased negative health and development impacts, but also to increased sales for the alcohol industry, placing public health and development interests in an inherent and direct conflict with corporate interests.
In this compelling article, Maik illustrates the obvious conflict of interest between the private profit interests of the alcohol industry and the public interest in health and development by exploring four key examples from around the world…

Global Alcohol Trends of 2019

What do you learn when you spend a year (almost) curating alcohol policy and science news from around the world on a daily basis?
In her ground-breaking blog post, Tharaka outlines five major trends ranging from culture to science and policy to sustainable development. She explores major highlights of 2019 in policy and scientific developments as well as alcohol industry practices and she sketches out six thought-provoking conclusions for the future…

3 Reasons Why The Alcohol-Cancer Link Is A Social Justice Issue

Alcohol-related cancer deaths are a global public health crisis. For breast cancer globally, alcohol is the single biggest risk factor. In total, alcohol-related cancer causes 650.00 deaths every year. But awareness and understanding of the alcohol-cancer link remains shockingly and a far cry from the levels of awareness of smoking and cancer. In this blog post, Maik argues that this is not only a public health issue but really a matter of social justice. He explores three dimensions that include the role of the alcohol industry, the behavior of individuals and the wider dimension of policy change…