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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #17

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 South Africa, Sri Lanka, Europe, Thailand, and Russia.
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of COVID-19 and mental health, the factors contributing to the decline in youth alcohol use in Nordic countries, and question of how to identify substance use during pregnancy.
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 the topic of alcohol as major obstacle to development…

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NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Leads to Violence Reduction

The alcohol sales ban during the COVID-19 lockdown has faced unrelenting opposition from the alcohol industry since the beginning of its enforcement in South Africa. But the government is maintaining a strong stance for the ban. And early evidence shows it is working, as the country sees a major reduction in violence…

REPORT: Identifying Use of Alcohol and Other Substances during ­Pregnancy

This report has briefly described the antenatal care system in each of the Nordic countries, how the use of alcohol, in particular, is identified, and by which screening instruments. Rather than reviewing or comparing which screening instruments are the most appropriate in identifying use of alcohol among pregnant women, the aim has been to describe the screening instruments available and used in the Nordic countries…

NEWS: USA: Big Alcohol Uses COVID-19 to Change Alcohol Laws

The Novel Coronavirus public health crisis is leading to quick changes to state alcohol laws across the United States. The alcohol industry has been swift and aggressive in pushing for the weakening of alcohol laws. This comes at a moment when COVID-19 and the alcohol harm epidemic are brewing a perfect storm of violence, injury and trauma, fueled by soaring online alcohol sales during the country’s lockdown, and exerting a heavy toll on the emergency care system that is already on the brink. Nevertheless, lawmakers and governors are weakening alcohol laws, protecting the interests of Big Alcohol…

MEMBER NEWS: Kenya: Civil Society Opposes ‘Essential’ Status for Tobacco, Alcohol

Under the leadership of Movendi International members are civil Society organizations in Kenya opposing the granting of ‘essential’ status for tobacco and alcohol. Movendi International members Alcohol Control Policy Network (ACPN) along with the International Institute for Legislative Affairs (ILA) and the Kenya Tobacco Control Alliance (Ketca) are calling on the government to remove the two substances from the list…

REPORT: Unequal Effects of Others’ Alcohol Use on Women

Reports of financial harm from others’ alcohol use are more common among women than among men, and in low- and middle-income than in high-income countries. The findings suggest that a reduction in alcohol consumption could have a positive impact on household finances, which would particularly benefit women…

NEWS: Australia: Shocking COVID-19-Theme Alcohol Marketing

As people are self-isolating in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunistic Big Alcohol has started shocking COVID-19-themed alcohol marketing to hook more consumers and increase protect their profits.

NEWS: Bangkok, Thailand: Alcohol Sales Ban Extended

The city of Bangkok in Thailand banned alcohol sales from 10th of April as the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading. Now the ban has been extended till the end of the month. The ban which was set to end on midnight on the 19th (Sunday) was extended until 30th of April. It was enforced mainly to discourage social gatherings during the Songkran festival…

MEMBER NEWS: Sri Lanka: ADIC Calls on President to Halt Alcohol Availability Increase During COVID-19

Sri Lanka banned alcohol sales along with imposing curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 from late March. On Sunday April 19, the government decided to lift the alcohol ban along with relaxing the curfew measures. The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), a member of Movendi International, has expressed criticism of and opposition against this measure as it will increase availability of alcohol during the pandemic and likely harm people and burden people and communities further…

NEWS: São Tomé und Príncipe: Kids Consume More Alcohol than Milk

São Tomé und Príncipe is an island nation in the African region. Like most countries in the region also this island nation suffers from a heavy alcohol burden – to the extent that kids consume more alcohol than milk. The problem is that society lives in denial and rejects scientific findings about pervasive alcohol harm. Analysis also shows that shambolic state of alcohol policy development in the country…