Tagged: COVID-19

NEWS: WHO Europe: FAQs About Alcohol and COVID-19

The World Health Organization European regional office has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about alcohol and COVID-19. This is a timely follow-up to the guidance and advice on alcohol and COVID-19 that the WHO Regional Offices for Europe, the Americas (PAHO) and the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) had already released in April 2020.The FAQs cover the following questions related to alcohol and COVID-19: Are people who drink alcohol at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?…

NEWS: Movendi Supports New Call for Human Rights Treaty

A new call has been issued for governments and member states’ delegations to the Human Rights Council to make all efforts possible to continue advancing towards the adoption of a Binding Instrument on Transnational Companies and Other Business Enterprises. Movendi International is supporting this new call to a global treaty to address human rights abuses of transnational corporations, such as major alcohol producers…

NEWS: COVID-19 Australia: Alcohol’s Role in Family Violence Revealed

A new study has found has revealed alcohol plays a role in family violence in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key results from the survey indicate nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported an increase in their case load since COVID-19 restrictions began…

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NEWS: 4 Ways to Tackle South Africa’s Alcohol Burden

As South Africa enters level 3 lockdown from June 1st, the two month long alcohol sales ban is lifted, with restrictions. But alcohol harm, fueled by heavy consumption and an array of aggressive alcohol industry practices, remains a major burden on South African communities and society. The need to invest in solutions to prevent and reduce harm has never come into sharper focus than during the on-going public health crisis. Four solutions for the alcohol policy of the future show the way to go…

NEWS: COVID-19 Effects on Big Alcohol Sales, Profits

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting the alcohol industry globally and a downturn in sales and profits is predicted to last well into the future. But Big Alcohol is exploring more novel strategies to protect their profit as much as possible, including focusing on lower cost products and building more on minimum contact e-commerce with alcohol delivered directly to the consumer. Lower alcohol prices and bigger availability, however, will mean greater harm for people and communities…

NEWS: Ireland: Calls to Regulate Alcohol Online Retail

Public health experts in Ireland are calling on the Justice Minister to regulate online alcohol retail. A study carried out by Red C in May found that one in three Irish adults are consuming more alcohol since the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions in Ireland. In the study, 80% of respondents reported that they believe online alcohol sales should have the same regulations as a pub…

NEWS: Estonia: COVID-19 Rules for Alcohol Outlets Lifted

Estonia: COVID-19 Rules for Alcohol Outlets Lifted Estonia has lifted coronavirus-related rules for alcohol outlets in the country along with the relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions. According to a cabinet decision on the May 21, bars and restaurants will be permitted to sell alcoholic beverages late at night from June 1, 2020. Estonia banned nighttime sales… Read more »

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harms Economy, Fuels COVID-19

India started to relax COVID-19 restrictions as they entered what is called the third phase of the lockdown from May 4, 2020. One of the first steps seen with lockdown relaxation was lifting of the alcohol sales ban in states. This has already led to negative consequences and is predicted to lead to even more grave repercussions in the coming months and years…

NEWS: Ireland: Surge in Daily Take-Home Alcohol Sales

Ireland sees a worrying surge in daily take-home alcohol sales. A significant number of Irish people report increased alcohol consumption, especially younger adults. Alcohol-related violence is also rising, prompting calls from affected communities to limit the amount of alcohol that can be purchased during the current public health crisis. Community leaders and public health experts express grave concern about a new tsunami of alcohol problems in the wake of COVID-19…

NEWS: UN Releases 2020 SDGs Progress Report

The annual report of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General on progress of sustainable development goals (SDGs) for 2020 have been released by the UN. The report was published ahead of the 2020 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). There is no mention of alcohol harm in the report despite the importance of prioritizing alcohol policy solutions towards achieving the SDGs by 2030 and in reducing COVID-19 impact and recovering from the pandemic…