Topic: Well-being

NEWS: Ireland: Surge in Daily Take-Home Alcohol Sales

Ireland sees a worrying surge in daily take-home alcohol sales. A significant number of Irish people report increased alcohol consumption, especially younger adults. Alcohol-related violence is also rising, prompting calls from affected communities to limit the amount of alcohol that can be purchased during the current public health crisis. Community leaders and public health experts express grave concern about a new tsunami of alcohol problems in the wake of COVID-19…

NEWS: UN Secretary-General Calls for Solidarity with Africa

At the launch of United Nations (UN) policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa the UN Secretary General António Guterres called for global solidarity with Africa. Analysis shows that at least three of the seven urgent challenges outlined by the UN are directly related to alcohol…

NEWS: Sweden: Youth Consumes Less Alcohol During Coronavirus Crisis

A new survey into alcohol consumption patterns in Sweden has found that youth consumes less alcohol during the Corona crisis. The survey conducted by Norstat on behalf of Systembolaget found, 18% Swedes report consuming less alcohol, 
30% Swedes aged 17 to 29 report consuming less alcohol…

NEWS: South Africa: 10 Reasons for Parents to Support Alcohol Sales Ban

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an alcohol sales ban from the beginning of April along with other measures to curb the spread of COVID-19. Janet Gourand who is the founder of worldwithoutwine.com shares how the ban helps parents and 10 reasons for parents to support the ban…

BLOG: Slowly, The World Is Changing Rapidly

In this personal and heart-felt blog post, Lucas is reflecting about his reason to organize around the alcohol-free way of life and to join the Swedish IOGT-NTO movement. He shares compelling insights into the workings of the alcohol norm in Sweden and his take on the revolutionary times we are living in, as the shitty, sexist and violent alcohol norm is being replaced by a new and better social culture…

NEWS: World Health Assembly Concludes With Call For Strong WHO

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an abridged version of the World Health Assembly was held virtually from May 18 to 19, 2020. The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly concluded with call for a strong World Health Organization (WHO) and approved a resolution to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution, co-sponsored by more than 130 countries, was adopted by consensus…

NEWS: World Health Statistics Illustrate Increase In Global Alcohol Per Capita Use

The World Health Organization’s annual World Health Statistics function as a check-up on the world’s health and illustrate how countries are doing across key health and health system indicators. Regarding alcohol harm, the latest report illustrates a problematic trend: an anticipated increase in global alcohol per capita consumption by 2025.
Furthermore, while there is progress in some indicators, this year’s statistics show there remain inequalities and progress is too slow to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on time according to the Agenda 2030…

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NEWS: WHO Europe: More Adolescents Report Mental Health Concerns

A new report published by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe has found more adolescents report mental health concerns. The report shows that, adolescent mental well-being declined in many countries between 2014 and 2018, mental well-being declines as children grow older, girls are particularly at risk of having poor mental well-being outcomes compared to boys…

NEWS: USA: COVID-19 Could Accelerate ‘Deaths of Despair’

A new research report released by the Well Being Trust and the American Academy of Family Physicians predict COVID-19 pandemic could accelerate deaths of despair in USA. The report cites CDC data showing that in 2018, there were 181,686 deaths of despair in USA, which is 55 deaths per 100,000 people.  The report finds that COVID-19 could result in an additional 154, 037 deahts of despair in the worst case scenario and 27, 644 deaths in the best case scenario…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Consumption Continues Declining

New data from Roy Morgan Alcohol Consumption Report show that alcohol use in Australia continues to decline, despite the panic buying of alcohol. The Roy Morgan Survey is conducted annually deriving responses from about 50,000 Australians through in-depth interviews. They issued a press release with most recent data on alcohol consumption in the country showing a decline in Australian alcohol use…