Topic: Policy

NEWS: Poland: Big Alcohol Lobbies For Online Retail Permission

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic which is threatening almost all industries globally, in Poland, Big Alcohol lobbies relentlessly for online retail permission to protect their profits. A Big Alcohol lobby group is pushing for the government to permit online alcohol delivery…

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NEWS: Big Alcohol Exposed: Coors Cancels Two Ads

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic Big Alcohol company MillerCoors has had to cancel two of their ad campaigns. The ads exposed Coors’ unethical mareketing strategies – through the lense of the current global health crisis…

NEWS: Africa: Big Alcohol Making Inroads

In Africa Big Alcohol is making inroads with their efforts to convert alcohol abstainers to consumers, specifically targeting the middle class and youth. The World Health Organization is alarmed.
Alcohol use and related problems, including addiction, is spreading fast in Africa – driven by multinational alcohol industry giants in pursuit of profits. The situation has gotten worse over the years due to accelerating urbanization and economic development leading to bigger disposable incomes of people…

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NEWS: Estonia-Latvia: Border Controls Halt Alcohol Tourism

The reintroduction of border controls between Estonia and Latvia due to the COVID-19 pandemic has halted alcohol tourism.
After border controls were introduced to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the number of Estonians crossing the border to neighboring Latvia to purchase alcohol has declined significantly…

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NEWS: How COVID-19 Affects Alcohol, Advertising Industries

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across countries. As of now, the virus has spread to 198 countries and territories and has caused a total of 488,345 infections worldwide. The pandemic has affected many industries around the world.
This article investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are affecting the alcohol and the advertising industries. This articel is as well as illustrating some troubling emerging trends…

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT OF CONCERN REGARDING THE ALCOHOL INDUSTRY DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Major alcohol producers have announced their commitment to helping fight the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Alcohol producers are shifting production to make hand sanitizers.
While this is welcome, there are several reasons for caution and concern.
In this statement of concern, Movendi International addresses three aspects that show worrying developments. We also make three calls for urgent action to mitigate alcohol harm during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Movendi International is gravely concerned about free PR and extensive media coverage of a health harmful industry; we are worried about preferential treatment of alcohol producers by regulators that might foment alcohol harm; and we are seriously concerned about the deregulation and weakening alcohol policy protections.
In response, Movendi International makes a call to action on three issues…

NEWS: UK: Doctors Call For Higher Alcohol Prices To Reduce NHS Burden

As the National Health Services (NHS) battles the COVID-19 crisis, a group of doctors has called for higher alcohol prices to reduce the burden of alcohol harm on the UK healthcare system.
An open letter signed by around 100 medics and public health professionals is asking the government to consider emergency measures to reduce the strain on the health service during the pandemic. One of the measures suggested is implementing minimum unit pricing (MUP). MUP is known to tackle at-high-risk alcohol use in the population which puts a severe burden on the health care system and specifically emergency services…

REPORT: Can We Improve The NHS’s Ability to Tackle Covid-19 through Emergency Public Health Interventions?

The authors encourage Public Health England and equivalent bodies in other nations, chief medical officers, and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to examine these and other emergency public health measures to reduce the burden of non-covid-19-related disease on the NHS…

NEWS: Mexico: City Rejects Giant US-Owned Brewery Over Water Shortage

Voters in the Mexican City of Mexicali have rejected a giant US-owned brewery over water shortages concerns in their region. Mexico’s national human rights commission had warned the beer maker risked violating the right to water and highlighted irregularities in the permitting process. The new brewery would use up 25% of the communities drinking water. 76.1% of voters cast ballots against the $1.4bn brewery…

MEMBER NEWS: Juvente Norway Releases New Mystery Shopping Report

For the thirteenth year in a row, our youth member organization Juvente in Norway has been testing the compliance of grocery stores with the alcohol age limit concerning the sale of alcohol to minors.
In 2019, Juvente managed to conduct mystery shopping tests (“Sjenkekontroll”) in all counties of the country. Results are still problematic. In almost every fifth attempt, Juvente’s minors were allowed to buy alcohol…