Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: New WHO Europe Report Confirms Alcohol Price Matters Greatly

Increasing the prices that consumers pay for alcohol is one of the most effective tools available to policy-makers looking to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, according to a new report. However, not all pricing policies are equal in their effectiveness or impact on alcohol harm and socioeconomic inequalities fueled by alcohol, says WHO Europe in the new report “Alcohol pricing in the WHO European Region”.
The new “update report on evidence and recommended policy actions” demonstrates that alcohol pricing policies offer a uniquely powerful opportunity to reduce the burden of alcohol harm across Europe. But the report also clearly shows that these pricing policies are not currently being used to their fullest effect…

BLOG: The Alcohol Policy Situation in East Africa During COVID-19

Already before the current coronavirus crisis, alcohol harm placed a heavy burden on communities across East Africa. As COVID-19 struck the region and governments responded in different ways, numerous concerns emerged regarding another wave of alcohol harm.
In this comprehensive blog post, William explores the aspects that matter most to this story: How are political leaders responding? How is the alcohol industry working to exploit the public health crisis? How have people respected or circumvented the alcohol-related lockdown measures and what has civil society done to stem the tide of alcohol harm?
Lots of questions. And the answers are shocking, compelling, infuriating and hope inspiring…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Lobbies Against Alcohol Taxation

Big Alcohol is asking for special treatment by lobbying against alcohol taxation with the excuse of overcoming the COVID-19 setback. The alcohol industry lobby in Australia is pushing for a halt of automatic CPI-linked increases for alcohol for at least 12 months. It is multinational alcohol industry giants who are behind the lobby effort to undermine Australian alcohol taxation. And precedents from other countries show the perils to public health and well-being that comes from undermining the alcohol tax base…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 26

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, a Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the ‘Loi Evin’ in France, the ‘Dietary Guidelines’ in the United States, the price tag for alcohol use disorder, and with WHO Europe’s Draft European Program of Work …
The Latest Science Digest covers the groundbreaking analysis of the pass-through rates of alcohol taxation, the relation between alcohol outlet density and alcohol use disorder in communities, and the power of health taxes…In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose the free beer scheme of the alcohol industry, reveal how Big Alcohol targets women and illustrate latest evidence about the failure of alcohol marketing self-regulation…
The Special Feature this week sheds more light on the indications for a new tidal wave of alcohol harm as consequence of COVID-19, building on factors fueling the alcohol burden already before the current pandemic…

NEWS: Norway: Wave of Substance Use Disorder Predicted after COVID-19

Blå Kors Kompasset or the Blue Cross Compass has predicted that Norway could be hit with a wave of substance use disorder after COVID-19. Blue Cross Compass works on substance use prevention. Their focus is on children and youth growing in families with alcohol and substance use problems…

NEWS: USA: Tidal Wave of Substance Use Disorders Coming

Communities in the United States are facing the formation of a perfect storm of factors driving alcohol and other drug use disorders to higher rates than ever seen before – the so called “triple trouble” of a pandemic, unemployment, and diminished personal and community support services for people affected by substance use problems. Mental health experts are anticipating a steep rise in alcohol harm, opioid abuse, suicides, domestic violence and depression that could rival the toll from COVID-19 itself. All this is by political design, as law makers favor Big Alcohol’s profits over communities’ health services…

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NEWS: How Big Alcohol Converts Women to Alcohol

Women are on of Big Alcohol’s major targets along with children and youth. There are various methods the industry uses to try and convert women into using alcohol. Despite alcohol having very specific harms on women such as the fact that women can get addicted to substances with smaller amounts and in shorter time than men, the alcohol industry continues to aggressively go after women…

NEWS: Science Puts Price on Alcohol Use Disorder

New science puts a price tag on alcohol use disorder (AUD) by estimating the costs of different risk factors for AUD. Evaluating the costs linked to AUDs, scientists show that sustained abstinence reduces the costs of care, recommending to develop rehabilitation services and provide easy access to care, including comprehensive support for their non-alcohol related conditions that people with alcohol use disorders often are experiencing…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 25

Carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, Alcohol Policy News come from Estonia, the United States, France, and India…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of the alcohol policy and the coronavirus as well as the rise and fall of alcohol taxation in the United States…
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes a new lobby front for Big Alcohol in Sweden, and what they are planning and the industry’s ruthlessness in the on-demand alcohol delivery business…
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on the potential of alcohol taxation to reach health and development for all and on the political realities of how the potential is often ignored and squandered…