Tagged: Alcohol Taxation

REPORT: Estonia Advances SDG Achievement by Tackling Alcohol Consumption

Estonia has suffered greatly from alcohol-related harm.
By implementing a comprehensive evidence-based alcohol policy, Estonia has reduced alcohol consumption by one-third over the last decade. As a result, alcohol-related morbidity and mortality have decreased and the health gap between different population groups has narrowed.

Estonia’s alcohol policy is directly linked to implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 3, and specifically target 3.5. Since alcohol-related deaths and health problems are more pronounced at the lower end of the social gradient, reducing alcohol harm will also contribute to achieving SDG 10 to ‘reduce inequality within and among countries’…

NEWS: Expert: Raise Alcohol Price To Help Pay COVID-19 Debt

Expert calls are echoing for federal and provincial governments in Canada to raise alcohol prices to help pay for COVID-19 debts.
Despite the lockdown Canadians continue to consume alcohol. It may even be more so than before as people are using alcohol as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with COVID-19 stress and anxiety and the loneliness and boredom of the stay-at-home period…

NEWS: Thailand: Big Alcohol Pushes For Alcohol Home Delivery

In Thailand, as the government starts to relax the lockdown measures implemented to reduce COVID-19 spread, Big Alcohol is pushing for home delivery options among other special requests. Initially, Thailand imposed the alcohol sales ban till April 17 and then extended it until April 30. The government stated the ban would be extended even farther until May 31, but has gone back on this decision and lifted the ban due to Big Alcohol lobbying…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #18

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, Alcohol Policy News come from the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, and the WHO European Region…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of unequal effects of others’ alcohol use on women, and the role of a rearing environments for risk to develop alcohol use disorders later in life…
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the political activity of the alcohol industry to weaken alcohol laws in the United States, as well as unethical alcohol marketing during the COVID-19 public health crisis…
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on alcohol harm during the COVID-19 crisis…

NEWS: Cultural Contexts of Alcohol Use in WHO Europe Region

Cultural Contexts at a Glance is a WHO series focusing on the historical, cultural and social dimensions of health challenges in the WHO European Region. It aims to encourage decision-makers to integrate insights from the social sciences and health humanities in health policy and planning.
Cultural Contexts at a Glance, No. 1: Alcohol consumption in the WHO European Region…

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NEWS: Netherlands: Alcohol Policy Best Buys Save Healthcare Costs

Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has sent 16 Broad Social Review reports to the House of Representatives. These advisory reports from top officials are prepared in advance of the next cabinet formation in 2021. The report on controlling healthcare costs lists 40 policy options and many preventive measures, including five alcohol policy measures (see table)…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #17

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, alcohol policy news come from South Africa, Sri Lanka, Europe, Thailand, and Russia.
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of COVID-19 and mental health, the factors contributing to the decline in youth alcohol use in Nordic countries, and question of how to identify substance use during pregnancy.
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the political activity of the alcohol industry to weaken alcohol laws in the United States, as well as unethical alcohol marketing during the COVID-19 public health crisis.
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on the topic of alcohol as major obstacle to development…

NEWS: USA: Big Alcohol Uses COVID-19 to Change Alcohol Laws

The Novel Coronavirus public health crisis is leading to quick changes to state alcohol laws across the United States. The alcohol industry has been swift and aggressive in pushing for the weakening of alcohol laws. This comes at a moment when COVID-19 and the alcohol harm epidemic are brewing a perfect storm of violence, injury and trauma, fueled by soaring online alcohol sales during the country’s lockdown, and exerting a heavy toll on the emergency care system that is already on the brink. Nevertheless, lawmakers and governors are weakening alcohol laws, protecting the interests of Big Alcohol…

NEWS: Financing Development Report Omits Alcohol Taxation (Again)

The Financing for Sustainable Development report by the United Nations omits alcohol taxation again.
The report was published by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force for Financing Development. It discusses methods in which sustainable development can be financed and the resources necessary so that the world can achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
In the last report published in 2019, alcohol taxation was not given the priority it should have had considering its substantive potential to generate revenue for development financing. In this year’s report alcohol taxation has been completely omitted from the report…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #16

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, and Big Alcohol Watch.
This week, alcohol policy news come from the United States (twice), South Africa and from the World Health Organization (special highlight).
The Latest Science Digest covers the question whether wine bottle size matters for amount and speed of consumption and the topic of gender, age, and country-specific difference in alcohol use.
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the alcohol industry scrambles to innovate and adapt to the public health crisis and a powerful blog by Lucy Rocca exposes how the alcohol industry keeps people in denial about their own and societies’ alcohol problems.
This week’s Special Feature deals with the positive alcohol policy outside of the COVID-19 context…