Tagged: Affordability

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…

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NEWS: Estonia-Latvia: Border Controls Halt Alcohol Tourism

The reintroduction of border controls between Estonia and Latvia due to the COVID-19 pandemic has halted alcohol tourism.
After border controls were introduced to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, the number of Estonians crossing the border to neighboring Latvia to purchase alcohol has declined significantly…

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NEWS: How COVID-19 Affects Alcohol, Advertising Industries

The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly spreading across countries. As of now, the virus has spread to 198 countries and territories and has caused a total of 488,345 infections worldwide. The pandemic has affected many industries around the world.
This article investigates how the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences are affecting the alcohol and the advertising industries. This articel is as well as illustrating some troubling emerging trends…

NEWS: UK: Doctors Call For Higher Alcohol Prices To Reduce NHS Burden

As the National Health Services (NHS) battles the COVID-19 crisis, a group of doctors has called for higher alcohol prices to reduce the burden of alcohol harm on the UK healthcare system.
An open letter signed by around 100 medics and public health professionals is asking the government to consider emergency measures to reduce the strain on the health service during the pandemic. One of the measures suggested is implementing minimum unit pricing (MUP). MUP is known to tackle at-high-risk alcohol use in the population which puts a severe burden on the health care system and specifically emergency services…

REPORT: Can We Improve The NHS’s Ability to Tackle Covid-19 through Emergency Public Health Interventions?

The authors encourage Public Health England and equivalent bodies in other nations, chief medical officers, and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to examine these and other emergency public health measures to reduce the burden of non-covid-19-related disease on the NHS…

NEWS: Lithuania: Most People Happy with Alcohol Retail Laws

According to a survey commissioned by the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, most people in Lithuania are happy with current alcohol retail laws.From 2018 itself majority of Lithuanians backed the improved alcohol control in the country. Now the support is grown even more as the positive effects of the laws become observable in communities. The survey carried out by Spinter Tyrimai in 2019, on 1000 Lithuanians aged 18 to 74 found, 51% have a positive opinion about existing alcohol restrictions…

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: Poland: Alcohol Killed 110,000 Poles In Last 15 Years

New data from PWSZ show that in Poland about 110,000 Poles were killed by alcohol in the last 15 years. Health indicators which was improving since the dip in 1990s have started to again go on reverse since 2003. Researchers from PWSZ show the main reason is increasing alcohol consumption in the country…

NEWS: Historic Wales: MUP Comes Into Force

The historic minimum unit pricing (MUP) policy in Wales comes into force from March 2, 2020. The minimum price for alcohol implemented through the policy is 50 pence, meaning retailers can’t sell alcohol below this price. Early reports from MUP in Scotland found that it has already substantially reduced alcohol use in the Scotland…