Topic: Social Justice

BLOG: You’ve Never Thought About The Alcohol Norm In This Way Before

The vast majority of the Swedish population does not value alcohol as an aspect of social gatherings. But the alcohol norm – not only in Sweden but across the world – seems to create a culture where people consume alcohol despite not wanting to.
How come people’s preferences can be suppressed in such a scale?
Why is it like that?
Who benefits from this actually?
In his revolutionary blog post, Lucas provides through-provoking answers to these questions. With the use of state-of-the-art science, he then suggests a completely new way to think about the role of alcohol in our societies…

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…

BLOG: The Story Of Absolut Vodka’s Latest Feminist Effort

Can a “consumer whisperer” be an agent of societal change?
Kristina is exploring this question in her latest blog post, as she dissects the attempts of Absolut Vodka to appear feminist.
Read about the story of Big Alcohol’s latest attempt to capture the values (and attention and money) of empowered, emancipated women and other feminists and see how Kristina exposes the hypocrisy and contradictions of this latest campaign…

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…

BLOG: What the Coronavirus Pandemic Means for Vulnerable Children

As societies are going into hibernation, people are to stay at home and self-isolate due to the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable children have nowhere else to go than their dangerous homes, none else to turn to than unpredictable adults in their homes.
In this important blog post, Mona helps us see this new situation with the eyes of affected children.
Every day, millions of children suffer because their parents – or other adults in their lives – are a threat to them. Parents who have alcohol problems, parents who use other drugs, parents with mental illness, parents who are violent. The problem of children growing up in homes with parental alcohol problems is massive and so far has remained largely ignored despite the scale of the problem, the immense dangers to the health and wellbeing of affected children and the serious violations of children’s rights. The physical distancing and self-isolation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic are now compounding the situation of vulnerable children.
Therefore, Mona explores the extent of the problem and what the current situation means for vulnerable children. And she sugests a number of remedies to protect children as much as possible…

NEWS: Lithuania: Most People Happy with Alcohol Retail Laws

According to a survey commissioned by the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, most people in Lithuania are happy with current alcohol retail laws.From 2018 itself majority of Lithuanians backed the improved alcohol control in the country. Now the support is grown even more as the positive effects of the laws become observable in communities. The survey carried out by Spinter Tyrimai in 2019, on 1000 Lithuanians aged 18 to 74 found, 51% have a positive opinion about existing alcohol restrictions…

REPORT: Lower BAC Crash Fatalities Account for Significant Part of All Alcohol-Involved Road Deaths

From 2000 to 2015, there were 612,030 MVC fatalities in the U.S., of which 223,471 (37%) occurred in crashes involving 1 or more drivers with a positive BAC. Of these, 33,965 (15% of alcohol-involved crash fatalities or 6% of all fatalities) were from an MVC involving a BAC >0.00% but <0.08%. Lower BAC crash fatalities accounted for a meaningful proportion of all alcohol-involved MVC fatalities. The number of fatalities generally increased with increasing BAC level. In adjusted analyses, a 10 percentage point increase in the restrictiveness of the state policy environment was associated with reduced odds of alcohol involvement in crash fatalities at BACs >0.00% but <0.08% vs 0.00%...

NEWS: Sweden: Government Takes Action Against Online Wine Trade

The Swedish government has decided to take action against the online wine trade.
In recent years, the online wine trade has increased like an avalanche. From 41 vendors in 2010 to 117 vendors in 2020. Now the government wants to put a stop to it…

NEWS: Women’s Health and Rights: Alcohol Harm Major Blind Spot

Alcohol harm is a women’s rights issue but remains a blind spot in global health and the women’s movement.
President of Movendi International, Kristina Sperkova, discusses the neglect of alcohol harm against women in women’s rights discourse and the global health movement…