Tagged: Domestic Violence

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Alcohol Fuels Rising Interpersonal Violence During COVID-19

Reports from violence prevention helplines across the WHO European region are indicating rising cases of interpersonal violence during COVID-19. Alcohol fuels this rise in violence as victims are trapped with their abusers during the pandemic.

Lockdowns and movement restrictions have slowed down the transmission of COVID-19, but in many situations they have also confined those experiencing interpersonal violence with their abusers. Adding alcohol to this mix is fomenting the problem and might often aggravate the situation…

NEWS: Germany: Domestic Violence Is Rising During Quarantine

Quarantine measures were implemented in Germany to curb the spread of COVID-19. New data show that domestic violence may have risen during quarantine. Quarantine or isolation inside homes helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but it also traps victims of domestic violence with their abusers in a confined space…

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: 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: UK: Alcohol Violence Affects Poorest People Disproportionately

A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has found that alcohol-related violence affects the poorest in society to the greatest degree. According to the IAS report titled  ‘Inequalities in victimisation: alcohol, violence, and anti-social behaviour’ shows the stark differences on alcohol violence between different socioeconomic groups in England and Wales…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Fueled Violence Against Women Epidemic

As BBC reports violence against women has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. According to the Daily Maverick alcohol is a key factor fueling this rise in violence. According to BBC about 2700 women and 1000 children were murdered by men last year. Additionally there are about 100 reported rapes daily. Reportedly sexual offences including rape has increased by 4.6% this year…

NEWS: Thailand: Alcohol Fuels Marital Problems

According to a new study, 10% of Thais say they have experienced marital and family problems because of alcohol. The survey involved face-to-face interviews with 1,695 Thais over twelve months. It also found that over a third of respondents feel threatened when they encounter someone consuming alcohol in public…

NEWS: Bolivia: Alcohol Fuels Violence Against Women

Since January there has been 73 female homicides or “femicides” in Bolivia, this is the highest toll for this period in 6 years. This statistic is on top of the fact that Bolivia already has the highest femicide rate in South America. Alcohol is involved in 90% of reported cases of family violence…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol’s Harm to Others Affects Millions

A new study reports, in America, the harms of alcohol impact 1 in 5 adults other than the alcohol user. The study found that in 2015, an estimated 53 million adults – or nearly 1 in 5 – said they had experienced at least one harm attributable to someone else’s alcohol use in the past year. That harm ranged from property damage to physical injury…