Topic: Social Justice

REPORT: Exploring the Gap in the Public’s Understanding of the Links between Alcohol and Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the UK and carries an enormous cost burden, both financial and personal. Around one in four cancers however are lifestyle-related, and therefore ultimately preventable. This includes alcohol, but awareness of this fact among the public is low comparative to cancer links with smoking.
This is a significant public health issue.
Alcohol accounts for 11,894 cancer cases per year in the UK…

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: EU: Plans for New Cancer Prevention Roadmap

The EU has unveiled a new cancer prevention roadmap.
Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides has announced that the Commission will kick-off the discussion on the ‘Europe’s beating cancer plan’ on February 4, 2020 – on the occasion of World Cancer Day, while the communication and action plan itself is expected towards the end of 2020…

NEWS: Estonia: Capital Removes Alcohol Policy From Agenda

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia has removed a planned discussion about alcohol policy development from their agenda. As IOGT International previously reported, the Mayor of Talinn proposed better alcohol control policy in the capital which included time-specific restrictions on alcohol sale and restrictions on alcohol outlets near childcare institutions…

NEWS: New Resource: How Alcohol Affects The SDGs

IOGT International has released an upgraded and revised resource to present state-of-the-art evidence about how alcohol affects sustainable development.
The brand new booklet 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…

NEWS: WHO Launched New Webpage for Health Taxes

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new webpage for health taxes. The website consists of what health taxes are, their impact and the design of health taxes. It consists of resources including fact sheets, data, guidelines, WHO resolutions and WHO teams on health taxes…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol, Tobacco Policy Reduces Cancer Deaths

A new study has found that alcohol and tobacco control policy reduces cancer deaths in Australia. Dr. Heng Jiang and his team at the La Trobe Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) conducted the 1st research on into how public health policies on alcohol and tobacco implemented from the 1960s affected cancer deaths in Australia…

NEWS: Ireland: Minister Chastises Big Alcohol in Schools

The Irish Minister of Health chastised Big Alcohol for conducting awareness programmes in Irish schools. The alcohol industry has funded school alcohol awareness programmes mainly through Drinkaware.ie – Big Alcohol’s lobby front group in Ireland. This is a clear conflict of interest as their products and practices are the cause for alcohol harm to be creating awareness about among school students…

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…