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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…

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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…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #15

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 Finland, Germany, Lichtenstein and Turkey. The Latest Science Digest covers the topics of Socio‐economic differences in all‐cause mortality in people with alcohol use disorder; the correct indicator to measure alcohol harm for the SDGs; the evidence-base for anti-stigma campaigns; and attitudes about unhealthy behaviors. The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the alcohol industry weaponizes the alcohol norm, how Absolut vodka tries to hijack feminist values and how the alcohol industry interferes in South Africa, and why. This week’s Special Feature deals with the collision of the addiction epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States…

BLOG: The Case for – and Obstacles to – Policy Action To Tackle South Africa’s Alcohol Burden

South Africa is heavily burdened by pervasive alcohol harm. South Africa is also being aggressively exploited by an alcohol industry that seeks to profit from this “emerging” market with its huge population of young people and growing middle-class.
To tackle this perfect storm of alcohol harm, civil society has been and is campaigning for better alcohol laws. In her compelling blog post, Aadielah shows what the opportunities for and benefits of stronger alcohol control would be for people, communities and society. But whether political leaders are hearing it and will act on it, is a different question…

BLOG: You’ve Never Thought About The Alcohol Norm In This Way Before

The vast majority of the Swedish population does not value alcohol as an aspect of social gatherings. But the alcohol norm – not only in Sweden but across the world – seems to create a culture where people consume alcohol despite not wanting to.
How come people’s preferences can be suppressed in such a scale?
Why is it like that?
Who benefits from this actually?
In his revolutionary blog post, Lucas provides through-provoking answers to these questions. With the use of state-of-the-art science, he then suggests a completely new way to think about the role of alcohol in our societies…

BLOG: Myths and Truths About Alcohol and COVID-19

Alcohol is both: an immunodepressant and a powerful disinfectant, when applied to surfaces.
As the coronavirus has reached pandemic levels and misinformation and myths about “preventive remedies” are spreading on social media, it is absolutely crucial for people’s and public health that myths are debunked and facts are promoted – for people to have access to accurate information.
In this timely blog post, Maik investigates alcohol myths and truths as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic in order to share compelling scientific evidence (not his own opinion) about how to protect your health as much as possible…

BLOG: New Momentum For EU Alcohol Policy From 2020 And Beyond

The new decade brings new challenges and opportunities for EU alcohol policy.
In his compelling analysis, Kalle writes that the formal interest in alcohol policy from the European Commission is seemingly continuing its steady decline, with a reduction in specific actions, work streams and meetings.
Nevertheless, Kalle tracks a surprising number of trends that could positively impact EU- and national-level alcohol-policy making…

BLOG: Global Alcohol Trends of 2019

What do you learn when you spend a year (almost) curating alcohol policy and science news from around the world on a daily basis?
In her ground-breaking blog post, Tharaka outlines five major trends ranging from culture to science and policy to sustainable development. She explores major highlights of 2019 in policy and scientific developments as well as alcohol industry practices and she sketches out six thought-provoking conclusions for the future…

BLOG: EU Rules Don’t Threaten Icelandic Alcohol Retail Monopoly

The Icelandic discussion of new EU rules as a threat to the ATVR alcohol retail monopoly is based on a misunderstanding and risks gravely undermining Icelandic public health outcomes, writes Kalle and illustrates how important alcohol retail monopolies are and that they are not at odds with the EU Geoblocking Directive, as some have claimed in Iceland…

NEWS: Week #43 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Special feature: Alcohol harm seen from the eyes of the world’s children
We dive into a new tool for children from families with parental alcohol problems and we share the perspectives of children in South-East Asia regarding alcohol…
Content: For week 43, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Wales, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the UK…
Fresh science updates are about an analysis of how governments can create healthy lives, review of alcohol brief interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, and the global governance arena of alcohol…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes how the alcohol industry puts pregnant women and the unborn into harm’s way and how Facebook and Big Alcohol target children with alcohol ads…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Kristina writes about her expectations concerning the new partnership between FIFA and the WHO; and David writes about the long journey to Uganda’s first alcohol policy…