Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: Cambodia: New Plans for Draft Alcohol Law

Cambodia has been planning to adopt a draft alcohol law for five years. Now, there are new plans for an alcohol law and the previous draft seems to be out of the picture. Currently there is minimal regulation for alcohol in the country. There is no legal minimum age for alcohol use, no limitations on sale or advertising of alcohol…

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: Thailand Plans to Ban Alcohol Online Sales

Thailand plans to ban online sale of alcohol after reports of increased underage alcohol use during COVID-19. The country has a comprehensive alcohol policy system which regulates alcohol sale hours and store density, bans alcohol sale in certain areas near schools and parks and implements a legal age for alcohol use of 20 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after aggressive lobbying by the alcohol industry, certain alcohol stores started online delivery of alcohol. This has made it difficult to enforce the existing alcohol laws such as the legal age limit…

NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 27

Carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, an Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the pregnancy warning label in Australia, an alcohol tax increase in Oman, the efficacy of prevention across generations and a brand new podcast of WHO Europe that discusses alcohol labeling…
The Latest Science Digest covers the latest WHO Europe report about alcohol pricing policies and a new research article examining the effects of drug prevention interventions across generations…
In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose Big Alcohol’s lobby campaign against alcohol taxation in Australia and how the alcohol industry uses the COVID-19 crisis in the United States to lobby for more deregulation of alcohol laws…
And our Special Feature this week sheds more light on latest alcohol policy developments across Sub-Saharan Africa, where some countries move to improve their repsonse to alcohol harm and other countries move to favor the interests of the alcohol industry…

NEWS: Australia: Regulator Revises Alcohol Pregnancy Warning

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has revised the wording on the proposed pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, but rejected alcohol industry claims that the label change is too costly. Since the FSANZ proposed the pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, Big Alcohol has been fighting against implementing it…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Lobbies Against Alcohol Taxation

Big Alcohol is asking for special treatment by lobbying against alcohol taxation with the excuse of overcoming the COVID-19 setback. The alcohol industry lobby in Australia is pushing for a halt of automatic CPI-linked increases for alcohol for at least 12 months. It is multinational alcohol industry giants who are behind the lobby effort to undermine Australian alcohol taxation. And precedents from other countries show the perils to public health and well-being that comes from undermining the alcohol tax base…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 26

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, a Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the ‘Loi Evin’ in France, the ‘Dietary Guidelines’ in the United States, the price tag for alcohol use disorder, and with WHO Europe’s Draft European Program of Work …
The Latest Science Digest covers the groundbreaking analysis of the pass-through rates of alcohol taxation, the relation between alcohol outlet density and alcohol use disorder in communities, and the power of health taxes…In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose the free beer scheme of the alcohol industry, reveal how Big Alcohol targets women and illustrate latest evidence about the failure of alcohol marketing self-regulation…
The Special Feature this week sheds more light on the indications for a new tidal wave of alcohol harm as consequence of COVID-19, building on factors fueling the alcohol burden already before the current pandemic…

BLOG: The Pass-Through Rates of Excise Taxes to Alcoholic Beverage Prices: New Evidence from OECD Countries

Among all policies aimed at reducing heavy alcohol use and related harms, increasing taxes is the most effective intervention. Therefore, it matters greatly how much alcohol prices increase in response to per unit tax increase – the so-called tax pass through rate. Nevertheless, evidence is still scarce.
In this blog post, Ce Shang introduces groundbreaking research with colleagues Anh Ngo and Frank J. Chaloupka. They have examined the pass-through rates of various alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and liquors in 27 OECD countries from 2003 to 2016. By analzying the tax pass-through rates on alcoholic beverages comprehensively, this new research provides insights for more informed, efficacious, and effective alcohol taxation policies to reduce alcohol harm and promote healthy behaviors.
Ce Shang and colleagues evaluate how taxes are passed differently to various price levels along the price distribution (i.e., higher- vs. lower priced products), showing that for most alcoholic beverages, the tax pass-through rates are higher for higher-priced products. Overall, manufacturers of beer and wine may adjust down the prices of lower-priced products in response to past tax hikes to keep these products affordable. The alcohol industry in responding strategically to taxes in order to keep cheap alcohol as cheap as possible. Thus, despite tax increases, prices of cheap products may still be low…

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NEWS: How Big Alcohol Converts Women to Alcohol

Women are on of Big Alcohol’s major targets along with children and youth. There are various methods the industry uses to try and convert women into using alcohol. Despite alcohol having very specific harms on women such as the fact that women can get addicted to substances with smaller amounts and in shorter time than men, the alcohol industry continues to aggressively go after women…

NEWS: USA: Progress on Alcohol in ‘Dietary Guidelines’

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory (DGA) Committee of the United States forecast changes to advice given on alcohol in their dietary guidelines. While there is some progress in the new advice, more improvement would better inform consumers on the risks of consuming alcohol specifically regarding alcohol and cancer risk.
Men should cut back their alcohol intake to one alcoholic drink per day rather than two, according to the DGA, an influential panel that is advising the U.S. government on new dietary guidelines due to be updated later in 2020…