Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Industry Exposed for Shifting Blame to Consumers

Public health experts in South Africa have exposed the alcohol industry for shifting the blame of alcohol harm to consumers.
Initiated by Sonke Gender Justice, the first joint discussion was held for a civil society campaign to achieve a “new normal” in South African society where the availability of alcohol is permanently reduced to prevent alcohol-related harms, including interpersonal and gender-based violence (GBV) and murders…

NEWS: Thailand Plans to Ban Alcohol Online Sales

Thailand plans to ban online sale of alcohol after reports of increased underage alcohol use during COVID-19. The country has a comprehensive alcohol policy system which regulates alcohol sale hours and store density, bans alcohol sale in certain areas near schools and parks and implements a legal age for alcohol use of 20 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after aggressive lobbying by the alcohol industry, certain alcohol stores started online delivery of alcohol. This has made it difficult to enforce the existing alcohol laws such as the legal age limit…

NEWS: Childhood Drug Prevention Reaps Benefits Across Generations

A new study published on JAMA Pediatrics on June 30, 2020, finds that childhood drug prevention intervention reaps benefits across generations.
In this study, the researchers at the University of Washington assessed children whose parents had participated in a program called Raising Healthy Children (RHC) from first through sixth grades in the 1980s…

NEWS: UK: Emerging Evidence on Alcohol Use During COVID-19

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has released a summary report of emerging evidence about alcohol use and harm during the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom. The new report summarises emerging evidence regarding changes in UK alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdown, by bringing together findings from different sources…

NEWS: Australia: Regulator Revises Alcohol Pregnancy Warning

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has revised the wording on the proposed pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, but rejected alcohol industry claims that the label change is too costly. Since the FSANZ proposed the pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, Big Alcohol has been fighting against implementing it…

NEWS: New WHO Europe Report Confirms Alcohol Price Matters Greatly

Increasing the prices that consumers pay for alcohol is one of the most effective tools available to policy-makers looking to reduce alcohol consumption and related harms, according to a new report. However, not all pricing policies are equal in their effectiveness or impact on alcohol harm and socioeconomic inequalities fueled by alcohol, says WHO Europe in the new report “Alcohol pricing in the WHO European Region”.
The new “update report on evidence and recommended policy actions” demonstrates that alcohol pricing policies offer a uniquely powerful opportunity to reduce the burden of alcohol harm across Europe. But the report also clearly shows that these pricing policies are not currently being used to their fullest effect…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Lobbies Against Alcohol Taxation

Big Alcohol is asking for special treatment by lobbying against alcohol taxation with the excuse of overcoming the COVID-19 setback. The alcohol industry lobby in Australia is pushing for a halt of automatic CPI-linked increases for alcohol for at least 12 months. It is multinational alcohol industry giants who are behind the lobby effort to undermine Australian alcohol taxation. And precedents from other countries show the perils to public health and well-being that comes from undermining the alcohol tax base…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 26

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, a Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the ‘Loi Evin’ in France, the ‘Dietary Guidelines’ in the United States, the price tag for alcohol use disorder, and with WHO Europe’s Draft European Program of Work …
The Latest Science Digest covers the groundbreaking analysis of the pass-through rates of alcohol taxation, the relation between alcohol outlet density and alcohol use disorder in communities, and the power of health taxes…In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose the free beer scheme of the alcohol industry, reveal how Big Alcohol targets women and illustrate latest evidence about the failure of alcohol marketing self-regulation…
The Special Feature this week sheds more light on the indications for a new tidal wave of alcohol harm as consequence of COVID-19, building on factors fueling the alcohol burden already before the current pandemic…

BLOG: The Power of An Idea

Sweden’s current ANDT-Strategy is expiring in 2020. A large number of civil society organizations have therefore come together to develop a shadow strategy for the government’s work to prevent and reduce harm from alcohol, narcotic drugs, doping, tobacco and gambling. The purpose is to contribute to the development of the future national ‘ANDTS-Strategy’ and in this way to strengthen and improve Sweden’s overall work to protect people from the harms caused by alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and gambling.
In her blog post, Irma sketches out how the work of the NGO coalition came about and to fruition. It all started with the idea of one member of IOGT-NTO…

NEWS: USA: Tidal Wave of Substance Use Disorders Coming

Communities in the United States are facing the formation of a perfect storm of factors driving alcohol and other drug use disorders to higher rates than ever seen before – the so called “triple trouble” of a pandemic, unemployment, and diminished personal and community support services for people affected by substance use problems. Mental health experts are anticipating a steep rise in alcohol harm, opioid abuse, suicides, domestic violence and depression that could rival the toll from COVID-19 itself. All this is by political design, as law makers favor Big Alcohol’s profits over communities’ health services…