Topic: Sustainable Development

BLOG: A Losing Match: Botswana Sports Welcomes Big Alcohol Sponsorship

Sports bodies in Botswana are celebrating the return of alcohol sports sponsorship and alcohol sales during sporting events following the lifting of an alcohol sponsorship ban that was in place in the country.
But Tunga makes the case that this is ultimately a losing match, putting Botswana’s children and youth in harm’s way.
In a compelling blog with a series of powerful questions, Tunga illustrates the pitfalls and likely consequences of this new decision…

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: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 27

Carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, an Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the pregnancy warning label in Australia, an alcohol tax increase in Oman, the efficacy of prevention across generations and a brand new podcast of WHO Europe that discusses alcohol labeling…
The Latest Science Digest covers the latest WHO Europe report about alcohol pricing policies and a new research article examining the effects of drug prevention interventions across generations…
In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose Big Alcohol’s lobby campaign against alcohol taxation in Australia and how the alcohol industry uses the COVID-19 crisis in the United States to lobby for more deregulation of alcohol laws…
And our Special Feature this week sheds more light on latest alcohol policy developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, where some countries move to improve their repsonse to alcohol harm and other countries move to favor the interests of the alcohol industry…

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: Burkina Faso: 300,000 Liters of Liquor Destroyed in Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso: 300,000 Liters of Liquor Destroyed in Ouagadougou As part of the government’s efforts to curb informal alcohol, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts, through the Mobile Economic Control and Fraud Prevention Brigade (BMCRF), proceeded to destroy sachets of adulterated alcoholic beverages and beverages unfit for consumption at the landfill center in Tanghin,… Read more »

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

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NEWS: Cameroon: Government Plans Alcohol Tax Increase

The government of Cameroon plans to increase taxes for alcohol and tobacco to limit consumption of these harmful substances, prevent related harm and boost revenue. The Minister of Trade was quoted saying, “if you want to fight against the excessive consumption of tobacco products, it is important to make sure that products are not more available and [not] more affordable. For example, whiskey and alcohol, we will see how we can strengthen taxation to make these products less accessible to consumers, less affordable for young people…”

NEWS: Germany and France Commit to Increased Support to WHO

Just before taking on the EU Presidency on July 1st, Germany announces its commitment to increase support for the World Health Organization (WHO) with €500 million – underlining that the world needs a strong World Health Organization. Meanwhile, France has committed to provide €90 million to a WHO research center in Lyon as well as an additional contribution of €50 million…

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…