Tagged: Big Alcohol

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…

BLOG: Young Progressives Are The Biggest Hypocrites

Alcohol is a social justice issue, maybe the biggest social justice issue that keeps being ignored. The question is: Where are all the progressives?
In his provocative and powerful blog post, Filip turns to people who claim to fight for justice and solidarity, asking: Where are you, democratic socialists? Where are you left-wing oriented activists? This permanently present question in the fight against the alcohol industry is still echoing without answers…

NEWS: NT, Australia: MUP Proven to Be Effective

Alcohol-related harm, ambulance call outs and car crashes have all dramatically declined in the Northern Territory since the introduction of a minimum price on the cost of alcohol.
The Northern Territory in Australia was the first jurisdiction to implement the minimum unit price (MUP) policy in the country. MUP has been in effect since October 2018. More than a year later, preliminary evaluation results are proving MUP to be effective in reducing alcohol harm in the territory…

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NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Leads to Violence Reduction

The alcohol sales ban during the COVID-19 lockdown has faced unrelenting opposition from the alcohol industry since the beginning of its enforcement in South Africa. But the government is maintaining a strong stance for the ban. And early evidence shows it is working, as the country sees a major reduction in violence…

REPORT: Estimated Televised Alcohol Advertising Exposure and Alcohol Use Behavior among Americans

The average respondent was exposed to an estimated 576 [95% confidence interval (CI) = 570–582] televised alcohol advertisements in the year preceding their survey. There appears to be a small but consistent positive association between alcohol advertising exposure and alcohol use behavior among American adults…

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: Australia: Shocking COVID-19-Theme Alcohol Marketing

As people are self-isolating in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, opportunistic Big Alcohol has started shocking COVID-19-themed alcohol marketing to hook more consumers and increase protect their profits.

NEWS: São Tomé und Príncipe: Kids Consume More Alcohol than Milk

São Tomé und Príncipe is an island nation in the African region. Like most countries in the region also this island nation suffers from a heavy alcohol burden – to the extent that kids consume more alcohol than milk. The problem is that society lives in denial and rejects scientific findings about pervasive alcohol harm. Analysis also shows that shambolic state of alcohol policy development in the country…

NEWS: South Africa: The Struggle over COVID-19 Alcohol Sales Ban

The South African government has introduced a total alcohol sales ban to reduce risks of COVID-19 and alleviate alcohol’s heavy burden on the healthcare systen. A struggle has ensued over the ban between public health and safety experts and the alcohol industry…

NEWS: USA: People in Lockdown More into Alcohol than Healthcare

Social media analytics in the United States finds people in lockdown are more interested in alcohol than healthcare. As the COVID-19 pandemic and the addiction epidemic are colliding in the U.S. and already are causing a major toll, the issue is further compounded by people consuming more alcohol. According to data gathered by the ListenFirst social analytics agency, engagement and growth around nearly 300 alcoholic beverage brands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were 326.51% higher in March 2020 than the year before…