Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Dutch Government Investigation: MUPs Reduces Alcohol Harm

Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis sent the investigation into MUP to the House of Representatives. The Dutch government conducted the investigation to evaluate the efficacy of MUP as they plan to implement this policy measure. Key findings reported in the investigation are among others that MUP reduces heavy alcohol consumption and that it leads to fewer alcohol-related hospital admissions, deaths, traffic violations, crimes, health care costs, production losses and costs of police and judicial authorities…

REPORT: Criminal Justice–Focused Prenatal Substance Use Policies in the US and Substance Use–Related Foster Care Admissions and Family Reunification

States have enacted criminal justice–related substance use policies to address prenatal substance use and protect infants from adverse health effects of parental substance use. Given the child welfare system’s legal mandate to make every effort toward parental reunification, a more comprehensive treatment and supportive policy approach toward parental substance use might be warranted…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Delays Pregnancy Warning Labels (Again)

Big Alcohol again delays implementing the pregnancy warning label proposed by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) with more excuses about cost and “label contrast”. Since February when the new label was proposed by FSANZ Big Alcohol has been fighting aggressively against implementing it…

NEWS: Ghana Tourism Ministry: Alcohol On-Trade Should Remain Closed

Earlier the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), the regulatory body for tourism in the country issued a statement with conflicting news which states alcohol on-trade such as through bars can start operations. Due to this the Ministry of Tourism issued a statement clarifying that on-trade alcohol through bars should remain closed…

MEMBER NEWS: Junis: New Report Shows Lack of Support for Vulnerable Children

New report by Junis shows there is a lack of support for vulnerable children in Sweden.The common finding was that while more and more municipalities are becoming aware of children needing support services, and some municipalities have support services, these still don’t reach the children who really need it…

NEWS: India: Online Alcohol Retail Jeopardizes COVID-19 Fight

Big Alcohol lobby group The Confederation of Indian Alcoholic Beverage Companies (CIABC) is pushing for online alcohol retail in India during the COVID-19 lockdown. If permitted this measure severely jeopardizes the fight against the pandemic and public health policy in the country…

BLOG: Young Progressives Are The Biggest Hypocrites

Alcohol is a social justice issue, maybe the biggest social justice issue that keeps being ignored. The question is: Where are all the progressives?
In his provocative and powerful blog post, Filip turns to people who claim to fight for justice and solidarity, asking: Where are you, democratic socialists? Where are you left-wing oriented activists? This permanently present question in the fight against the alcohol industry is still echoing without answers…

NEWS: Latest Jurisdiction to Introduce MUP: Jersey

Jersey is the latest jurisdiction to introduce the highly effective minimum unit price (MUP) policy to reduce alcohol harm. Jersey has implemented the policy to reduce the alcohol harm and specifically heavy alcohol use in the country. The set minimum price for a unit of alcohol is now 50 pence…

MEMBER NEWS: Kenya: Civil Society Opposes ‘Essential’ Status for Tobacco, Alcohol

Under the leadership of Movendi International members are civil Society organizations in Kenya opposing the granting of ‘essential’ status for tobacco and alcohol. Movendi International members Alcohol Control Policy Network (ACPN) along with the International Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) and the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca) are calling on the government to remove the two substances from the list…

MEMBER NEWS: Sri Lanka: ADIC Calls on President to Halt Alcohol Availability Increase During COVID-19

Sri Lanka banned alcohol sales along with imposing curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 from late March. On Sunday April 19, the government decided to lift the alcohol ban along with relaxing the curfew measures. The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), a member of Movendi International, has expressed criticism of and opposition against this measure as it will increase availability of alcohol during the pandemic and likely harm people and burden people and communities further…