Topic: Obstacle To Development

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths (in Women) Rise Sharply

Alcohol deaths rise sharply in the United States, specifically among women.
Factors that play into this development are deregulation of alcohol by the federal government, the systematic effort of the alcohol industry to recruit more women as consumers and demographic development with alcohol-related illnesses presenting more in aging baby boomers who have consumed more alcohol in their lifetime…

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: Vietnam: Heineken Tax Scheme Exposed

A new tax scheme of Heineken is exposed in Vietnam. Singapore based Heineken Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd struck a deal with Heineken Vietnam Brewery in late 2018, which was valued at over VND4.8 trillion ($207.7 million). The tax payable for the deal was VND823 billion ($35.6 million)…

BLOG: Let Me Introduce: Movendi International

We were founded in 1851, meaning almost 170 years ago. On December 14, 2019, our members gathered for an Extraordinary World Congress and unanimously decided to change our name. We are now Movendi International and I’m proud of how far we have come since 1851. We have successfully transitioned into two new centuries as a global movement and as times are changing ever faster and ever more dramatically, it is our challenge to adapt. Such adaption processes require honesty and open-mindedness and a focus on our values, vision and mission…
Kristina’s latest blog post explores the three reasons why changing the name is the way to go and the two reasons why Movendi was the choice to go with; as the name change concludes a decade-long modernization process, she also links back to the proud historical context in order to chart the way into the future of the 21st century…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Increase Ready for Adoption

Alcohol and tobacco tax increase in the Philippines are ready for adoption and awaiting President Duterte’s signature. Alcohol industry interference has significantly reduced the projected tax receipt from alcohol and tobacco taxation. But the new bicameral-approved final measure would bring in P22.2 billion in revenue…

NEWS: USA: Congress Extends Big Alcohol’s Tax Break

The United States Congress extends the major tax break for the alcohol industry, losing billions of dollars in government revenue and further filling the coffers of Big Alcohol shareholders and executives with growing profits.
All this money is tax revenue being lost to the government which could have been invested in health and development of people and communities across the country that are seriously affected by rampant alcohol harm. Currently, alcohol harm costs the United States $249.0 billion every year. The one year extension of the alcohol tax break has been estimated to cost the government a total $1.2 billion…

NEWS: Ukraine: Privatization of Alcohol Retail Monopoly

Ukraine has abolished the government-run alcohol retail monopoly leading to privatization of alcohol sales in the country.
In parliament, 293 out of the 422 members voted in favor of the law to abolish the Ukrainian alcohol retail monopoly named Ukrspyrt and President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law recently…

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: Hungary: 1/3 of High-Schoolers Consume Alcohol

A new survey has found at least one third of high-schoolers in Hungary consume alcohol.
The online survey conducted by the Szétcsúszva program shows alarming data on alcohol use among children and adolescents. The survey found, at least a fourth of youth between 14 to 18 years consume alcohol weekly, 80% of 15-year-olds have tried alcohol…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Strategy ‘Lacks Ambition’

Public health advocates in Australia say the new National Alcohol Strategy (NAS) lacks ambition.
The Public Health Association of Australia said the strategy has been too long in the making and watered down by the alcohol industry. Previously, IOGT International reported how an ABC investigation and an analysis by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), both found that the strategy had been compromised due to Big Alcohol interference in the making of it…