Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: Airlines Ban Alcohol on Planes Due to COVID-19

Air travel is starting again with countries opening up internal and external borders after COVID-19 lockdown measures. Many airlines are implementing a ban on alcohol on planes as precautionary measures due to COVID-19. Banning alcohol is one measure to protect against COVID-19 implemented by airlines across the world…

REPORT: Alcohol Policy and Coronavirus: An Open Research Agenda

There are many implications from the COVID-19 counter-measures for research on alcohol consumption, harms, and policies – in high- and low-income countries – related to rapid changes in the supply, demand, marketing, alcohol consumption contexts, associated risks, and other environmental factors known to influence alcohol-related outcomes…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Alcohol Fuels Rising Interpersonal Violence During COVID-19

Reports from violence prevention helplines across the WHO European region are indicating rising cases of interpersonal violence during COVID-19. Alcohol fuels this rise in violence as victims are trapped with their abusers during the pandemic.

Lockdowns and movement restrictions have slowed down the transmission of COVID-19, but in many situations they have also confined those experiencing interpersonal violence with their abusers. Adding alcohol to this mix is fomenting the problem and might often aggravate the situation…

NEWS: American Cancer Society Updates Cancer Prevention Guideline

The American Cancer Society updates its diet and physical activity guideline for cancer prevention, noting “it is best not to drink alcohol.” More emphasis is also placed on reducing the consumption of processed and red meat, and increasing physical activity for cancer prevention….

NEWS: South Africa: ‘Nightmare’ at Hospitals as Alcohol Sales Restart

South Africa: ‘Nightmare’ at Hospitals as Alcohol Sales Restart Which alcohol policy path is South Africa going to take? After a two month long ban on alcohol sales, South Africa lifted the ban from June 1, as the country entered the third phase of the lockdown. But as alcohol sales restart the situation in hospitals… Read more »

NEWS: European Union Funds Advertising of Dutch Gin

“Follow the Money” has uncovered a hidden scheme of European Union funding for advertising of Dutch Gin in the United States through subsidies.
SpiritsNL, the Dutch lobby group for importers and producers of liquor, has applied and secured a €1.5 million subsidy from the European Commission, intended for an advertising campaign in the United States…

NEWS: WHO Europe: New Report on Alcohol Labelling

The World Health Organization (WHO) Health Evidence Network (HEN) has released a synthesis report on alcohol labelling across the European Region. This is the first systematic study that covers the different ways countries label alcoholic beverages and sets out policy options for authorities to consider…

MEMBER NEWS: IOGT-NTO: Advocacy for the Creation of National Center on FASD

Heart Driven IOGT-NTO members are advocating for the creation of a National Center of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). “Of all the lifestyle choices we make in connection with a pregnancy, there is nothing more important to the child’s future health and development than the choices we make about alcohol,” writes IOGT-NTO as per their website…

NEWS: UK: Young Adults Unaware of Alcohol Risks During Pregnancy

Many young adults in Britain are unaware of the alcohol risks during pregnancy. This is specifically alarming considering the baby boom expected in the aftermath of coronavirus crisis lockdown measures that is coinciding with reports of increased alcohol use during lockdown…

NEWS: Australia: Rising Alcohol Availability Threatens Public Health, Safety and Savings

Alcohol delivery services in Australia are increasing alcohol availability and failing to meet the basic health standards according to results of a new survey. The results coincide with Australians spending superannuation funds released due to COVID-19 crisis for non essential goods and services including alcohol. The developments clearly show a perfect storm forming of exploitative alcohol industry practices, increasing alcohol use problems and the ongoing global pandemic…