Topic: Alcohol Industry

BLOG: A Losing Match: Botswana Sports Welcomes Big Alcohol Sponsorship

Sports bodies in Botswana are celebrating the return of alcohol sports sponsorship and alcohol sales during sporting events following the lifting of an alcohol sponsorship ban that was in place in the country.
But Tunga makes the case that this is ultimately a losing match, putting Botswana’s children and youth in harm’s way.
In a compelling blog with a series of powerful questions, Tunga illustrates the pitfalls and likely consequences of this new decision…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Industry Exposed for Shifting Blame to Consumers

Public health experts in South Africa have exposed the alcohol industry for shifting the blame of alcohol harm to consumers.
Initiated by Sonke Gender Justice, the first joint discussion was held for a civil society campaign to achieve a “new normal” in South African society where the availability of alcohol is permanently reduced to prevent alcohol-related harms, including interpersonal and gender-based violence (GBV) and murders…

NEWS: Thailand Plans to Ban Alcohol Online Sales

Thailand plans to ban online sale of alcohol after reports of increased underage alcohol use during COVID-19. The country has a comprehensive alcohol policy system which regulates alcohol sale hours and store density, bans alcohol sale in certain areas near schools and parks and implements a legal age for alcohol use of 20 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after aggressive lobbying by the alcohol industry, certain alcohol stores started online delivery of alcohol. This has made it difficult to enforce the existing alcohol laws such as the legal age limit…

NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 27

Carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, an Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the pregnancy warning label in Australia, an alcohol tax increase in Oman, the efficacy of prevention across generations and a brand new podcast of WHO Europe that discusses alcohol labeling…
The Latest Science Digest covers the latest WHO Europe report about alcohol pricing policies and a new research article examining the effects of drug prevention interventions across generations…
In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose Big Alcohol’s lobby campaign against alcohol taxation in Australia and how the alcohol industry uses the COVID-19 crisis in the United States to lobby for more deregulation of alcohol laws…
And our Special Feature this week sheds more light on latest alcohol policy developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, where some countries move to improve their repsonse to alcohol harm and other countries move to favor the interests of the alcohol industry…

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NEWS: USA and COVID-19: Overall Alcohol Consumption Declines

Overall alcohol consumption in the USA during COVID-19 shows a declining trend according to new data.
Despite some media reporting people hoarding alcohol during the initial stages of the coronavirus crisis, new data shows overall alcohol consumption has actually reduced in the U.S. This development puts pressure on the alcohol industry, especially Big Beer that faces collapsing profits. But the trend also means that some forms of alcohol harm might be further aggravated…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

NEWS: Australia: Regulator Revises Alcohol Pregnancy Warning

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has revised the wording on the proposed pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, but rejected alcohol industry claims that the label change is too costly. Since the FSANZ proposed the pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, Big Alcohol has been fighting against implementing it…

NEWS: New WHO Europe Report Confirms Alcohol Price Matters Greatly

Increasing the prices that consumers pay for alcohol is one of the most effective tools available to policy-makers looking to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, according to a new report. However, not all pricing policies are equal in their effectiveness or impact on alcohol harm and socioeconomic inequalities fueled by alcohol, says WHO Europe in the new report “Alcohol pricing in the WHO European Region”.
The new “update report on evidence and recommended policy actions” demonstrates that alcohol pricing policies offer a uniquely powerful opportunity to reduce the burden of alcohol harm across Europe. But the report also clearly shows that these pricing policies are not currently being used to their fullest effect…

NEWS: Botswana Weakens Alcohol Laws, Lifts Ban on Alcohol Sports Sponsorship

The government of Botswana has announced its decision to lift the ban on alcohol sponsorship and partnerships between sporting codes and the alcohol industry. It’s a stunning move that reverses the modern alcohol policy course of the country and puts children and youth in alcohol harm’s way…