Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

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…

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NEWS: Netherlands: Alcohol Policy Best Buys Save Healthcare Costs

Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has sent 16 Broad Social Review reports to the House of Representatives. These advisory reports from top officials are prepared in advance of the next cabinet formation in 2021. The report on controlling healthcare costs lists 40 policy options and many preventive measures, including five alcohol policy measures (see table)…

NEWS: Canada: Prevention of FASD during COVID-19

As new data show Canadian alcohol consumption is on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network and the Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health have teamed up to make an extra effort for the prevention of FASD.. In a press release, the two organizations remind Canadians that alcohol use during pregnancy can cause harm to fetal health and result in lifetime effects known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)…

NEWS: Leverkusen, Germany: COVID-19 Alcohol Ban Over Long-Weekend

The city of Leverkusen in Germany tightened measures to prevent COVID-19 spread through an alcohol ban over the upcoming long-weekend. The Labor Day (May 1st) long weekend would usually have Germans getting together and going on holiday. To stop people from gathering during the ongoing pandemic, the city of Leverkusen has banned public alcohol use…

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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…