Topic: Democracy

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: Scandinavia: People Consider Alcohol Unimportant

People in Scandinavia are considering alcohol unimportant in their lives. People in Scandinavia consider alcohol unimportant in their lives. Two stories from Sweden and Norway show that fewer and fewer people have preferences for alcohol, but still the alcohol norm persists…

NEWS: France: The Difficult Case of Dry January

In France the case of dry January has been difficult from since the day it was proposed and even before plans were set. The French National Association of Prevention of Alcoholism and Addictions has been pushing for a “Dry January” campaign in France following the one in UK which has helped 4 million people reduce alcohol use…

NEWS: Sweden: Systembolaget Mulls Plans for Cheap Beer

Systembolaget – the national alcohol retail monopoly – mulls plans for introducing cheap beer.
Systembolaget is saying there is customer demand for cheap beer. According to the government-run alcohol retail monopoly, customers do not want to buy a 500ml container of the current offer of the cheapest beer. Therefore, they are thinking to introduce a smaller and cheaper beer from 2020.
IOGT-NTO is critical of this suggestion for two main reasons…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol-Related Deaths Rising

Two new studies have found that life expectancy in the USA is decreasing with rising alcohol-related deaths.
One study states, alcohol-related liver disease is partly to blame for the drop in life expectancy across the United States. Another group of researchers analyzed life expectancy in the United States from 1959 through 2017 and revealed that life expectancy is decreasing for 3 years in a row in the United States…

NEWS: UK: Latest Figures on Alcohol Deaths

The Office for National Statistics has released the latest figured on alcohol deaths in the UK. Accordingly, 7551 people died due to alcohol in the UK, which is slightly lower than last year but an overall increase from since the records began. Alcohol consumption in the UK have overall decreased 18% since 2004, but this figure masks a bigger problem in the country. There is a significant increase in alcohol use among the heaviest alcohol users in UK…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Policy in Election Manifestos

Selected alcohol policy commitments have been taken up by several political parties in the UK through their election manifestos for the snap elections to be held on December 12. Alcohol Policy UK has summarized the commitments towards alcohol policy by the four major political parties in the run up to the elections…

NEWS: Belgium: 2020 Alcohol Ban in Central Brussels

Belgium’s capital Brussels is set to implement an alcohol ban in public space in the city center, starting 2020. Consuming alcohol at night in central Brussels will be banned from February 1st 2020 for a test period of 6 months. he new policy measure is intended to reduce and prevent fights and disruption of public order fueled by alcohol…

NEWS: Australia: Senate Inquiry into FASD

The Senate of Australia has opened an inquiry into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The aim of the inquiry which opened in September 2019 is to find effective prevention and diagnosis strategies for FASD. According to Anne Russell from the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association believes FASD needs more national focus…