Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Big Alcohol Commits To Only Selling Alcohol-Free During COVID-19 Crisis*

The ten largest alcoholic beverages companies in the world have announced their collective decision to halt all retail and promotions of alcoholic products and instead only sell alcohol-free beverages, for the duration of the COVID-19 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…

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…

NEWS: Iran: Bootleg Alcohol Kills 194 During COVID-19 Crisis

During the COVID-19 crisis in Iran bootleg alcohol has killed 194 people. Rumors on social media claiming alcohol could cure COVID-19 play a big role in the deaths. As COVID-19 spreads around the world and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), misinformation, myths and rumours have contributed their share to the increasing burden…

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…

MEMBER NEWS: ADIC Sri Lanka: Election Campaign Mobilizes Candidates and Citizens

Heart driven Movendi members at the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), Sri Lanka are campaigning for effective alcohol, tobacco and other drug control policies, targeting the upcoming General Elections in April 2020. The campaign covers two key aspects; lobbying General Election candidates and advocating to the public to….

NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #11

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch. Alcohol policy news come from Sweden, Wales, Kenya and the Women’s Rights movement. The Latest Science Digest covers the link between alcohol availability and violence, how older women perceive their own alcohol use, the link between alcohol, DNA damage and cancer, and the alcohol expectancies that children hold. The Big Alcohol Watch exposes an ugly new trend, the lobbying onslaught in Ireland, and another self-regulation failure in the UK. The Special Feature deals with the growing need for better regulation of digital alcohol trade…

NEWS: Ugly New Big Alcohol Trend: Spiking Childhood Drinks

The newest ugly Big Alcohol trend is spiking childhood drinks with alcohol, such as DrunkenD the alcohol version of the orange juice Sunny Delight. The new trend is marketed to 20-to 30-year olds or the millennial generation through spiking drinks of their childhood with alcohol…

NEWS: Ireland: Big Alcohol Lobbying Onslaught Exposed

According to findings of Alcohol Action Ireland, the alcohol industry registered 96 lobbying returns in 2018, the year that the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill was enacted, but not implemented. The returns show Big Alcohol lobbyists met with officials on 361 occasions during the 108 days when the Dáil was in session…

BLOG: New Momentum For EU Alcohol Policy From 2020 And Beyond

The new decade brings new challenges and opportunities for EU alcohol policy.
In his compelling analysis, Kalle writes that the formal interest in alcohol policy from the European Commission is seemingly continuing its steady decline, with a reduction in specific actions, work streams and meetings.
Nevertheless, Kalle tracks a surprising number of trends that could positively impact EU- and national-level alcohol-policy making…