Topic: Corporate Consumption Complex

EVENT: Pre-GAPC Event: Alcohol Policy As Catalyst For The SDGs

Alcohol is a major obstacle to development. The alcohol industry is a significant vector of under-development, including social, health, environmental and economic harm. Alcohol is in fact adversely affecting 14 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, curbing across the entire Agenda 2030.
This also means that the benefits of addressing alcohol as obstacle to development are substantial in multiple policy areas. In fact, evidence shows that evidence-based alcohol prevention and control holds.
This pre-conference side event seeks to deepen the understanding of how and to what extent alcohol and the alcohol industry are hindering sustainable human development; the event further aims to provide space for discussion to learn from local examples of alcohol as obstacle to development and of concrete actions to solve these problems; the third goal of this event is to explore evidence-based solutions and inspire action to help promote development through alcohol prevention and control…

NEWS: Growing Attention for (Alcohol) Taxation

There is a growing attention for alcohol taxation with increasing evidence showing the effectiveness of alcohol taxes to not only reduce alcohol harm but boost revenue and fund development. Across the globe countries and international bodies such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are understanding the need to use taxation for domestic resource mobilization…

NEWS: Media’s Sober Curiosity in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, sober curiosity in the media and wider society has reached new heights. Ranging from Dry January stories, or covering the sober curious movement to inspiring stories about people who went alcohol-free and/ or overcame their alcohol use problems, the topic of the alcohol-free way of life has been in focus. While this public discourse across much of the Western world is very positive, there are also reasons for scepticism and concern…

NEWS: Scotland: Economic Impact of MUP

A study commissioned by NHS Health Scotland, into the effects of minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy in the country found it had a modest economic impact. Scotland was the first country to implement MUP measures for alcohol. The policy increased the prices of cheap and high alcohol content beverages. The alcohol industry aggressively lobbied against this measure before its adoption. But the new study has found the industry was only affected modestly from MUP. A drop in demand for some products has been offset by increased prices and retailers have adapted to the changes.
According to the study, no retailers or producers had reported reducing staff numbers or investment as a result of MUP…

REPORT: Exploring the Gap in the Public’s Understanding of the Links between Alcohol and Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the UK and carries an enormous cost burden, both financial and personal. Around one in four cancers however are lifestyle-related, and therefore ultimately preventable. This includes alcohol, but awareness of this fact among the public is low comparative to cancer links with smoking.
This is a significant public health issue.
Alcohol accounts for 11,894 cancer cases per year in the UK…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths (in Women) Rise Sharply

Alcohol deaths rise sharply in the United States, specifically among women.
Factors that play into this development are deregulation of alcohol by the federal government, the systematic effort of the alcohol industry to recruit more women as consumers and demographic development with alcohol-related illnesses presenting more in aging baby boomers who have consumed more alcohol in their lifetime…

NEWS: Vietnam: Heineken Tax Scheme Exposed

A new tax scheme of Heineken is exposed in Vietnam. Singapore based Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd struck a deal with Heineken Vietnam Brewery in late 2018, which was valued at over VND4.8 trillion ($207.7 million). The tax payable for the deal was VND823 billion ($35.6 million)…

NEWS: Germany: Every 5th Person Can’t Afford Healthy Lifestyle

According to a new study by PwC every 5th person in Germany can’t afford a healthy lifestyle.
45% of Germans say they suffer from at least one chronic disease, which go hand in hand with unhealthy lifestyles fueled by private industry interests such as alcohol, tobacco use, and poor nutrition. PwC, an auditing firm, conducted a survey to explore why Germans are not changing their lifestyle to healthier behavior.
What they found is that a fifth of the respondents said a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and enough exercise was not affordable to them. Social isolation may also be playing a role, as 14% of the respondents claimed to be isolated…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: USA: Congress Extends Big Alcohol’s Tax Break

The United States Congress extends the major tax break for the alcohol industry, losing billions of dollars in government revenue and further filling the coffers of Big Alcohol shareholders and executives with growing profits.
All this money is tax revenue being lost to the government which could have been invested in health and development of people and communities across the country that are seriously affected by rampant alcohol harm. Currently, alcohol harm costs the United States $249.0 billion every year. The one year extension of the alcohol tax break has been estimated to cost the government a total $1.2 billion…