Tagged: Big Alcohol

BLOG: Private Sector NOT Given Direct Access To WHO

The Framework is not adopted! A consultation will be launched. That means it can get better or worse. Now it is up to us to gear up our advocacy towards the governments in order to improve the Framework of engagement with non-State actors, protect the role of civil society…

BLOG: The Costly Game

This football tournament is no people’s party. It’s a costly corporate bonanza. First, Fifa and the alcohol industry bully the Brazilian government to reverse a law that succeeded in protecting people. The consequences will be rising costs of alcohol harm. At the same time, Fifa and its corporate partners have made sure they will not have to pay for any of these costs… They are exempted from any taxation…

BLOG: Are Media Still Free?

We know the media feel pressure from governments. But increasing pressure comes from corporations. Overall, especially concerning the global alcohol industry, we can see that press freedom is increasingly under threat and that media outlets are part of the problem: they give up their freedom, independence and integrity…

BLOG: Getting Alcohol As Obstacle To Development On The Agenda

What’s happening in Sweden is crucial: more and more civil society organisations, as well as government agencies and public authorities, including universities start addressing alcohol and the global alcohol industry for what they are: obstacles to development…

BLOG: Should I Start Trusting Big Alcohol?

CEO of beer brewer Heineken Jean-François van Boxmeer had urged public health advocates and politicians to drop their “mistrust” of the global alcohol industry. So, I decided to give his arguments a look and asked myself: Should I start trusting Big Alcohol?
Here’s what I realised and came up with eventually…

BLOG: Alcohol Harm And Trade Globalization In Emerging Markets

Thailand is facing the progressive liberalisation of its market of health-demoting commodities. We are not only witnessing adverse impacts of increasing numbers of alcohol use prevalence particularly in the young and among female. We also have to witness the high social costs of alcohol consumption in Thailand, as well as the destructive influences of the global alcohol industry on our country’s alcohol policy process – ranging from eroding legal restrictions of free trade to protect health (such as Technical Barriers to Trade) as well as the aggressive lobbying of big industry…

BLOG: Alcohol Control Would Prevent Cancer Incidences

The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being… immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception…