Topic: Women’s Rights

BLOG: Global Alcohol Trends of 2019

What do you learn when you spend a year (almost) curating alcohol policy and science news from around the world on a daily basis?
In her ground-breaking blog post, Tharaka outlines five major trends ranging from culture to science and policy to sustainable development. She explores major highlights of 2019 in policy and scientific developments as well as alcohol industry practices and she sketches out six thought-provoking conclusions for the future…

NEWS: USA: Key Facts About Substance Use in Women

Women face unique issues when using substances. National Institute of Drug Abuse of the United States of America (USA) outlines women specific substance use problems. Scientists who study substance use have discovered that women who use drugs can have issues related to hormones, menstrual cycle, fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths (in Women) Rise Sharply

Alcohol deaths rise sharply in the United States, specifically among women.
Factors that play into this development are deregulation of alcohol by the federal government, the systematic effort of the alcohol industry to recruit more women as consumers and demographic development with alcohol-related illnesses presenting more in aging baby boomers who have consumed more alcohol in their lifetime…

NEWS: Sydney, Australia: Lockout Laws Weakened

Sydney’s lockout laws will be removed in CBD from January 14, 2020. The changes will affect all venues in Sydney’s CBD including Oxford Street but the laws will remain in place in Kings Cross.
The lockout laws – which came into effect in 2014 – included measures such as 1:30 AM last entry and 3:00 AM last serving of alcohol. Both have been scrapped for Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW government has watered down the laws, by taking out the last entry measure and extending last serving to 3:30 AM. To further weaken alcohol policy measures, liquor shop hours have been increased from 11:00 PM to midnight…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol Harm in Women Rising

According to new data, alcohol harm among women in Poland is rising.
New estimates of the State Agency for the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Problems (PARPA) there may be over 1.5 million women who have an an alcohol problem in Poland.
Specialist for addiction psychotherapy Adam Kłodecki explains that a clear increase in alcohol consumption can be seen among young Polish women living in large cities…

NEWS: New Resource: How Alcohol Affects The SDGs

Movendi International has released an upgraded and revised resource to present state-of-the-art evidence about how alcohol affects sustainable development.
The brand new book(let) illustrates for the first time that alcohol adversely affects 14 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents extensive scientific prove that all dimensions of the 2030 Agenda are impacted by alcohol as obstacle to development…

MEMBER NEWS: Norway: IOGT Movement Report on Alcohol’s Impact on Women, Children

The IOGT movement in Norway is campaigning against the Norwegian Oil Fund’s investment in the alcohol industry and has released a new report detailing how alcohol impacts the rights of children and women in the global south…

REPORT: Recruiting the “Heavy-Using Loyalists of Tomorrow”

In conclusion, this analysis, based on industry data, presents significant new evidence on (i) the effects of alcohol advertising on consumption-related outcomes, and (ii) the mechanisms by which it achieves those effects…

NEWS: South Africa: Local Efforts to Tackle Alcohol Harm

Alcohol affordability and availability are thus key drivers of gender-based violence.
Alcohol has also been identified as the 3rd leading risk factor for death and disability in South Africa. In the Western Cape region, many attempts have been made over several years to prevent and reduce alcohol harm, by governments and civil society. Unfortunately, there has been little systemic success to show for all the effort.
The Western Cape Government aims to change this by focusing on interventions that make a tangible impact in terms of reducing alcohol harm – so called game changer interventions and programs.
The Western Cape Liquor Authority (WCLA) focuses on regulating alcohol availability and affordability…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Endangers Pregnant Women

New research has found that Big Alcohol and bodies funded by the alcohol industry are encouraging women to keep using alcohol throughout pregnancy despite scientific evidence stating otherwise.
The alcohol industry and their front groups are ignoring scientific evidence about the harms and dangers associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.
The alcohol industry is also actively lobbying against warning labels to inform consumers about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy…