Topic: Civil Society

PRESS RELEASE: The Gaping Hole in the Stockholm Declaration for Road Safety

Joint media release of alcohol prevention and road safety civil society groups.
Civil society groups express deep concern about the complete and inexplicable omission of alcohol control measures from the Stockholm Declaration on Road Safety…

NEWS: WHO: Countries Request Accelerated Action on Alcohol

A decision unanimously adopted at the World Health Organization’s Executive Board meeting calls the global alcohol burden a “public health priority”. In the decision, countries request “accelerated action” on alcohol harm. 
After more than 12 hours of informal consultations during the entire week of the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board, a bloc of countries led by Thailand won the unanimous approval from the Board to develop a new global action plan to reduce alcohol harm…

NEWS: UK: Dry January Boosts No-Alcohol Sales

In the United Kingdom (UK), the Dry January campaign has boosted no-alcohol sales by almost 40% in January 2020. Dry January is a campaign launched by the non-profit organization Alcohol Change UK. The campaign was registered in 2014. This year an estimated 4.2 million Britons took part in the alcohol-free month to start 2020…

NEWS: Cambodia: Youth Campaigns Against Online Alcohol Ads

Youth in Cambodia have mobilized to campaign against online alcohol ads. A group of youth launched a social media campaign against posts that advertise alcohol consumption. The group says such advertising exhibited a lack of dignity and set a bad example for younger generations…

NEWS: Anchorage, USA: Benefits of Local Alcohol Tax

Assembly members of Anchorage, a municipality of Alaska, USA are preparing to vote on two local alcohol tax proposals for the ballot of the April 7, 2020 Municipal Election. Both proposals show significant benefits for the local community.
Both taxes aim to fund efforts to prevent and reduce alcohol harm and homelessness, in the face of declining state funds in these areas. The tax proposals are examples of how beneficial the WHO recommended alcohol policy best buys are for local communities…

NEWS: Thailand: WHO Country Mission Praises Alcohol Laws

The World Health Organization’s Country Mission praises Thailand for its evidence-based alcohol policy model.
The National Alcohol Policy Committee and an international alcohol control assessment team praised Thailand for their alcohol control measures. They said the country is an example for the region. But further improvements can, should and will be made…

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…

MEMBER NEWS: UNF: Ranking Best Counties for Swedish Youth

UNF, the Swedish Youth Temperance Association, has released its latest report ranking the best counties in Sweden for young people to live and grow up in. Overall, 223 of 290 municipalities participated in the survey, which means a response rate of 77%. That is an increase compared to the previous year. 126 counties – or 56% – are found to be inadequate. 97 counties – 43% – are ranked as decent and 17 counties are graded as good – 7.6%).
n the new report, UNF makes 5 recommendations to leaders in the counties across Sweden, to improve the quality of leisure time activities and environments and to help increase young people’s chances to shape their own communities…