Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: Sydney, Australia: Lockout Laws Weakened

Sydney’s lockout laws will be removed in CBD from January 14, 2020. The changes will affect all venues in Sydney’s CBD including Oxford Street but the laws will remain in place in Kings Cross.
The lockout laws – which came into effect in 2014 – included measures such as 1:30 AM last entry and 3:00 AM last serving of alcohol. Both have been scrapped for Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW government has watered down the laws, by taking out the last entry measure and extending last serving to 3:30 AM. To further weaken alcohol policy measures, liquor shop hours have been increased from 11:00 PM to midnight…

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…

NEWS: Estonia: Capital Removes Alcohol Policy From Agenda

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia has removed a planned discussion about alcohol policy development from their agenda. As IOGT International previously reported, the Mayor of Talinn proposed better alcohol control policy in the capital which included time-specific restrictions on alcohol sale and restrictions on alcohol outlets near childcare institutions…

REPORT: Children’s Awareness About Normative Situations for Adults to Consume Alcohol

Children aged 4–8 become increasingly knowledgeable about alcohol norms in specific situations which implies that they know in what kind of situation alcohol consumption is a common human behavior. This knowledge may put them at risk for early alcohol initiation and frequent alcohol use later in life…

NEWS: How to Support Children of Impaired Carers

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management has published a new guideline for paediatricians on how to support children of impaired carers. The guideline provides ethical, professional, and legal obligations of a paediatrician when dealing with a caretaker whose ability is impaired from alcohol or other drug use…

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: Australia: Big Alcohol Claims Pregnancy Warning Too Costly

The newest strategy of Big Alcohol against pregnancy warning in Australia is claims that the label is too costly. Since Food Standard Australia and New Zealand released a draft label for alcohol bottles with pregnancy warning, the industry has been fighting hard against it…

NEWS: Youth Exposed to Harm from Other’s Alcohol Use

A new study has found that youth are exposed to substantial harm from others’ alcohol use, including assault and sexual harassment. It is evident that current alcohol control policy in New Zealand is not working and needs to be strengthened urgently. The research shows, for instance, that 71% of females aged between 14 and 19 years reported unwanted sexual advances from someone who was consuming alcohol…

REPORT: How Did a Lower BAC Limit Affect Bar Trade and Drinking Practices?

Opposition to legislative measures that impact on commercial interests is often strong and receives significant public attention. This study found that Scottish businesses that adapted to the BAC limit to drive change reported little long‐term economic impact. These findings are of international relevance as potential BAC limit reductions in several other jurisdictions remain the subject of debate, including regarding the impact on business…