Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

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…

REPORT: The Arrogance of Power: Alcohol Industry Interference With Warning Label Research

At a time when the alcohol industry and public health authorities are both moving toward the development of procedures that would advise consumers about the health hazards of alcohol consumption, alcohol scientists at Public Health Ontario and the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research at the University of Victoria have been conducting groundbreaking studies that are sure to advance alcohol labeling policy, labeling research, and prevention theory…

NEWS: Australia: Take-Away Alcohol Fuels Hospital Visits

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) reports emergency department (ED) data from Victoria, Australia show that take-away alcohol increasingly fuels hospital visits. The findings come from St. Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Health hospitals (Clayton, Casey and Dandenong) as part of the Driving Change Project in Australia. Adults who present to the ED were asked whether they consumed alcohol before their attendance, where they bought the alcohol, and the location of the last alcohol consumption…

NEWS: Thailand: Big Alcohol Pushes For Alcohol Home Delivery

In Thailand, as the government starts to relax the lockdown measures implemented to reduce COVID-19 spread, Big Alcohol is pushing for home delivery options among other special requests. Initially, Thailand imposed the alcohol sales ban till April 17 and then extended it until April 30. The government stated the ban would be extended even farther until May 31, but has gone back on this decision and lifted the ban due to Big Alcohol lobbying…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #18

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, Alcohol Policy News come from the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, and the WHO European Region…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of unequal effects of others’ alcohol use on women, and the role of a rearing environments for risk to develop alcohol use disorders later in life…
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the political activity of the alcohol industry to weaken alcohol laws in the United States, as well as unethical alcohol marketing during the COVID-19 public health crisis…
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on alcohol harm during the COVID-19 crisis…

NEWS: Sweden: Estimating COVID-19 Crisis Effects on Alcohol Harm

The novel coronavirus pandemic can affect public health in the population, both in the short and long term.
In a new report called “Corona pandemic and alcohol habits.A forecast of short- and long-term effects,” the Center for Epidemiology and Social Medicine (CES) in Sweden summarizes the potential effects of the pandemic on alcohol consumption behavior and habits as well as potential risks with alcohol from an infection prevention perspective.
Alcohol consumption can both increase the risk of infection and cause a more serious course of covid-19 infection. The social isolation that the corona pandemic brings with it – with effects such as depression, stress and anxiety – risks increasing alcohol consumption and high-risk alcohol intake, especially among those affected by economic downturn and unemployment. In society as a whole, however, an economic downturn tends to reduce total alcohol consumption, probably due to reduced income…

NEWS: Germany: Political Leaders Say Alcohol Jeopardizes Phyiscal Distancing

Armin Laschet (CDU) and Markus Söder (CSU) have made it clear that alcohol makes loosening coronavirus measures difficult.
In the opinion of the political leaders of North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria, Germany’s most wealthy federal state, the serving of alcohol and people’s behavior under the influence of alcohol poses a major obstacle for the plans to relax COVID-19 measures. The alcohol on-trade and catering sectors are particularly affected.
Therefore, both political leaders have made it clear that a re-opening in May remains unlikely…

NEWS: Belgium: Alcohol Use Falls Under COVID-19 Lockdown

The COVID-19 lockdown in Belgium has lead to a reduction in alcohol use, according to a new survey.A team of researchers at the University of Louvain conducted the online survey among 10,000 Belgian adults. The results showed: Over 49% are consuming the same amount of alcohol as before the lockdown, 29% are consuming less alcohol than before; Of those who are consuming less alcohol the decrease was about 10 doses of alcohol, per week which translates to about 10 glasses of wine; and the reduction in alcohol use was more common among men and those in the 20 to 40 years age group.
The researchers say the results contradict the widely held idea that alcohol use would increase during the crisis…