Tagged: Economic Costs

NEWS: Dutch Government Investigation: MUPs Reduces Alcohol Harm

Secretary of State Paul Blokhuis sent the investigation into MUP to the House of Representatives. The Dutch government conducted the investigation to evaluate the efficacy of MUP as they plan to implement this policy measure. Key findings reported in the investigation are among others that MUP reduces heavy alcohol consumption and that it leads to fewer alcohol-related hospital admissions, deaths, traffic violations, crimes, health care costs, production losses and costs of police and judicial authorities…

NEWS: UN Secretary-General Calls for Solidarity with Africa

At the launch of United Nations (UN) policy brief on the impact of COVID-19 in Africa the UN Secretary General António Guterres called for global solidarity with Africa. Analysis shows that at least three of the seven urgent challenges outlined by the UN are directly related to alcohol…

NEWS: Alcohol Sales Ban in South Africa: Benefits and Big Alcohol Opposition

The South African government implemented an alcohol sales ban early on when COVID-19 hit the country, as part of its public health response to contain the spread of the virus. The ban is intended to reduce the heavy alcohol burden on the country and specifically on the healthcare system. From the beginning of the ban Big Alcohol has been unrelenting in their opposition. The government’s strong stance in not giving into the opposition is proving fruitful as reports show the ban is benefiting South African society…

NEWS: Expert: Raise Alcohol Price To Help Pay COVID-19 Debt

Expert calls are echoing for federal and provincial governments in Canada to raise alcohol prices to help pay for COVID-19 debts.
Despite the lockdown Canadians continue to consume alcohol. It may even be more so than before as people are using alcohol as an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with COVID-19 stress and anxiety and the loneliness and boredom of the stay-at-home period…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #18

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 Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, and the WHO European Region…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of unequal effects of others’ alcohol use on women, and the role of a rearing environments for risk to develop alcohol use disorders later in life…
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the political activity of the alcohol industry to weaken alcohol laws in the United States, as well as unethical alcohol marketing during the COVID-19 public health crisis…
This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on alcohol harm during the COVID-19 crisis…

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NEWS: Netherlands: Alcohol Policy Best Buys Save Healthcare Costs

Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra has sent 16 Broad Social Review reports to the House of Representatives. These advisory reports from top officials are prepared in advance of the next cabinet formation in 2021. The report on controlling healthcare costs lists 40 policy options and many preventive measures, including five alcohol policy measures (see table)…

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…

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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…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Continues Draining Society’s Resources

A brand new report shows that alcohol harm continues draining society’s resources in Germany. The DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020 is published by the German Center for Addiction Issues (DHS) and reveals the heavy alcohol burden on German society.
Pervasive alcohol harm is draining precious resources. According to the DHS Yearbook Addiction 2020, the annual economic costs of alcohol harm amount to €57 billion…