Topic: Human Rights

NEWS: Dutch Government Investigation: MUPs Reduces Alcohol Harm

Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis sent the investigation into MUP to the House of Representatives. The Dutch government conducted the investigation to evaluate the efficacy of MUP as they plan to implement this policy measure. Key findings reported in the investigation are among others that MUP reduces heavy alcohol consumption and that it leads to fewer alcohol-related hospital admissions, deaths, traffic violations, crimes, health care costs, production losses and costs of police and judicial authorities…

NEWS: Ireland: Surge in Daily Take-Home Alcohol Sales

Ireland sees a worrying surge in daily take-home alcohol sales. A significant number of Irish people report increased alcohol consumption, especially younger adults. Alcohol-related violence is also rising, prompting calls from affected communities to limit the amount of alcohol that can be purchased during the current public health crisis. Community leaders and public health experts express grave concern about a new tsunami of alcohol problems in the wake of COVID-19…

NEWS: UN Releases 2020 SDGs Progress Report

The annual report of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General on progress of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2020 have been released by the UN. The report was published ahead of the 2020 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). There is no mention of alcohol harm in the report despite the importance of prioritizing alcohol policy solutions towards achieving the SDGs by 2030 and in reducing COVID-19 impact and recovering from the pandemic…

NEWS: UN Secretary-General Calls for Solidarity with Africa

At the launch of United Nations (UN) policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa the UN Secretary General António Guterres called for global solidarity with Africa. Analysis shows that at least three of the seven urgent challenges outlined by the UN are directly related to alcohol…

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Violence Affects Poorest People Disproportionately

A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has found that alcohol-related violence affects the poorest in society to the greatest degree. According to the IAS report titled  ‘Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour’ shows the stark differences on alcohol violence between different socioeconomic groups in England and Wales…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Plans Superstore Near Alcohol-Free Aboriginal Communities

In Australia Woolworths-owned Endeavour Drinks Group is pushing ahead to build an alcohol superstore “Dan Murphy’s” near alcohol-free aboriginal communities. There’s passionate opposition from affected communities and public health experts, but Big Alcohol is pushing ahead using their financial and political power…

NEWS: World Health Statistics Illustrate Increase In Global Alcohol Per Capita Use

The World Health Organization’s annual World Health Statistics function as a check-up on the world’s health and illustrate how countries are doing across key health and health system indicators. Regarding alcohol harm, the latest report illustrates a problematic trend: an anticipated increase in global alcohol per capita consumption by 2025.
Furthermore, while there is progress in some indicators, this year’s statistics show there remain inequalities and progress is too slow to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on time according to the Agenda 2030…

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NEWS: WHO Europe: More Adolescents Report Mental Health Concerns

A new report published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe has found more adolescents report mental health concerns. The report shows that, adolescent mental well-being declined in many countries between 2014 and 2018, mental well-being declines as children grow older, girls are particularly at risk of having poor mental well-being outcomes compared to boys…

REPORT: Criminal Justice–Focused Prenatal Substance Use Policies in the US and Substance Use–Related Foster Care Admissions and Family Reunification

States have enacted criminal justice–related substance use policies to address prenatal substance use and protect infants from adverse health effects of parental substance use. Given the child welfare system’s legal mandate to make every effort toward parental reunification, a more comprehensive treatment and supportive policy approach toward parental substance use might be warranted…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Delays Pregnancy Warning Labels (Again)

Big Alcohol again delays implementing the pregnancy warning label proposed by Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) with more excuses about cost and “label contrast”. Since February when the new label was proposed by FSANZ Big Alcohol has been fighting aggressively against implementing it…