Tagged: Availability

NEWS: New WHO Europe Report Shows Lack of Regulation Despite Growing Online Alcohol Marketing

Lack of regulation leaves door open to harmful digital marketing of alcohol, according to the new report “Alcohol marketing in the WHO European Region”. However, not all pricing policies are equal in their effectiveness or impact on alcohol harm and socioeconomic inequalities fueled by alcohol, says WHO Europe in the new report.
The new “update report on evidence and recommended policy actions” summarizes advances in the evidence and progress made since 2012 in the area of alcohol marketing in the WHO European Region. At the same time, it demonstrates the need for improved alcohol marketing policies that are capable of effectively regulating the quickly evolving digital marketing methodologies employed in the commercial sector to market alcoholic beverages…

BLOG: A Losing Match: Botswana Sports Welcomes Big Alcohol Sponsorship

Sports bodies in Botswana are celebrating the return of alcohol sports sponsorship and alcohol sales during sporting events following the lifting of an alcohol sponsorship ban that was in place in the country.
But Tunga makes the case that this is ultimately a losing match, putting Botswana’s children and youth in harm’s way.
In a compelling blog with a series of powerful questions, Tunga illustrates the pitfalls and likely consequences of this new decision…

BLOG: COVID-19 and Alcohol – Consumption Data Strengthens Case for Ambitious Alcohol Policy

As Europe tentatively opens up, many are now looking back at how society was impacted by the first months of the COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. In this timely and compelling overview, Kalle presents what Swedish data can illustrate so far about the impact of the lockdowns on alcohol consumption and what it could teach us when we design alcohol policy in the future…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Industry Exposed for Shifting Blame to Consumers

Public health experts in South Africa have exposed the alcohol industry for shifting the blame of alcohol harm to consumers.
Initiated by Sonke Gender Justice, the first joint discussion was held for a civil society campaign to achieve a “new normal” in South African society where the availability of alcohol is permanently reduced to prevent alcohol-related harms, including interpersonal and gender-based violence (GBV) and murders…

NEWS: Burkina Faso: 300,000 Liters of Liquor Destroyed in Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso: 300,000 Liters of Liquor Destroyed in Ouagadougou As part of the government’s efforts to curb informal alcohol, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts, through the Mobile Economic Control and Fraud Prevention Brigade (BMCRF), proceeded to destroy sachets of adulterated alcoholic beverages and beverages unfit for consumption at the landfill center in Tanghin,… Read more »

NEWS: UK: Emerging Evidence on Alcohol Use During COVID-19

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has released a summary report of emerging evidence about alcohol use and harm during the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom. The new report summarises emerging evidence regarding changes in UK alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 lockdown, by bringing together findings from different sources…

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NEWS: USA and COVID-19: Overall Alcohol Consumption Declines

Overall alcohol consumption in the USA during COVID-19 shows a declining trend according to new data.
Despite some media reporting people hoarding alcohol during the initial stages of the coronavirus crisis, new data shows overall alcohol consumption has actually reduced in the U.S. This development puts pressure on the alcohol industry, especially Big Beer that faces collapsing profits. But the trend also means that some forms of alcohol harm might be further aggravated…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

NEWS: Botswana Weakens Alcohol Laws, Lifts Ban on Alcohol Sports Sponsorship

The government of Botswana has announced its decision to lift the ban on alcohol sponsorship and partnerships between sporting codes and the alcohol industry. It’s a stunning move that reverses the modern alcohol policy course of the country and puts children and youth in alcohol harm’s way…

BLOG: The Alcohol Policy Situation in East Africa During COVID-19

Already before the current coronavirus crisis, alcohol harm placed a heavy burden on communities across East Africa. As COVID-19 struck the region and governments responded in different ways, numerous concerns emerged regarding another wave of alcohol harm.
In this comprehensive blog post, William explores the aspects that matter most to this story: How are political leaders responding? How is the alcohol industry working to exploit the public health crisis? How have people respected or circumvented the alcohol-related lockdown measures and what has civil society done to stem the tide of alcohol harm?
Lots of questions. And the answers are shocking, compelling, infuriating and hope inspiring…