Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: Alcohol Sales Ban in South Africa: Benefits and Big Alcohol Opposition

The South African government implemented an alcohol sales ban early on when COVID-19 hit the country, as part of its public health response to contain the spread of the virus. The ban is intended to reduce the heavy alcohol burden on the country and specifically on the healthcare system. From the beginning of the ban Big Alcohol has been unrelenting in their opposition. The government’s strong stance in not giving into the opposition is proving fruitful as reports show the ban is benefiting South African society…

NEWS: Lithuania: Domestic Killings Double During COVID-19

Crime reports in Lithuania have uncovered that domestic killings have doubled during COVID-19 lockdown in the country. Rolandas Kiškis, the head of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau said majority of the killings were related to domestic conflicts and involved consumption of alcohol…

NEWS: Thailand: Big Alcohol Has Its Way As Alcohol Sale Resumes

In Thailand, Big Alcohol has had its way as the government has reinstated alcohol sales. As Movendi International previously reported, Initially, Thailand imposed an alcohol sales ban till April 17, then extended it until April 30. The government stated the ban would be extended until May 31, but has gone back on this decision and lifted the ban in parallel to the lockdown relaxation…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Hides Fact Alcohol Causes Cancer From Public

The latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, one of the top journals in the international substance use field runs a series of groundbreaking research into alcohol labeling effects. Big Alcohol influence and legal threats to shut down some of the studies and distorting and denying of data show that Big Alcohol hides the fact that “alcohol causes cancer” from the public…

NEWS: Pakistan: Booze Battle Amid Ramadan and COVID-19

A battle for booze has ensured in Pakistan amidst Ramadan and COVID-19 lockdown. A majority Muslim country, Pakistan does not allow consumption of alcohol for Muslims due to religious reasons. Regulations are specifically tightened during Ramadan season a holy month for Muslims…

NEWS: India: Fallout From Alcohol Sales Re-Opening

As India moves to relax lockdown laws, the nationwide alcohol retail sales ban has been lifted. While the alcohol industry is rejoicing in lifting of the ban the fallout has led some states to continue the ban while others have resorted to tax hikes to reduce possible alcohol harm…

NEWS: Expert: Raise Alcohol Price To Help Pay COVID-19 Debt

Expert calls are echoing for federal and provincial governments in Canada to raise alcohol prices to help pay for COVID-19 debts.
Despite the lockdown Canadians continue to consume alcohol. It may even be more so than before as people are using alcohol as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with COVID-19 stress and anxiety and the loneliness and boredom of the stay-at-home period…

NEWS: Kenya: Home Delivery Fuels Alcohol Harm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, online alcohol sale and home delivery fuels alcohol harm in Kenya. One of the damages of the COVID-19 lockdown – and fueled by Big Alcohol – is the normalization of consuming alcohol at home. In Kenya people have turned to alcohol to “pass time” and “cope” with the stresses of the pandemic and being in isolation…

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…

REPORT: Labels on Alcohol Bottles Increase Awareness of Alcohol Harms, Guidelines

A series of journal articles published on the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Volume 81, Issue 2) in March support that when alcohol bottles come with conspicuous labels providing information on the risks of alcohol consumption or alcohol use guidelines, people are better informed about alcohol’s harms and may cut down their alcohol use…