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NEWS: Australia: Regulator Revises Alcohol Pregnancy Warning

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has revised the wording on the proposed pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, but rejected alcohol industry claims that the label change is too costly. Since the FSANZ proposed the pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, Big Alcohol has been fighting against implementing it…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Marketing Onslaught Exposed

New research by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Cancer Council WA has exposed the Big Alcohol marketing onslaught in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new report provides a snapshot of the quantity of alcohol marketing on social media, and how alcohol brands and liquor retailers are marketing their products during the pandemic…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #17

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 South Africa, Sri Lanka, Europe, Thailand, and Russia.
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of COVID-19 and mental health, the factors contributing to the decline in youth alcohol use in Nordic countries, and question of how to identify substance use during pregnancy.
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 the topic of alcohol as major obstacle to development…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Warning Labels Overcome Industry Opposition

Australia and New Zealand will be implementing alcohol warning labels after finally overcoming alcohol industry opposition.
Late last year, the Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) released a draft new label for alcohol bottles warning pregnant women to not consume alcohol.
Since the release of the label, Big Alcohol has been lobbying aggressively against it. Alcohol manufacturers made almost 100 submissions to FSANZ arguing against its proposed warning label design…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Policy Reduces Hospitalizations

Comprehensive alcohol policy solutions have significantly reduced alcohol-related hospitalizations and violence in the Northern Territory of Australia. Australia’s first Minimum Unit Price (MUP) on alcohol has been instituted in NT, along with a comprehensive program of alcohol policy reforms including many of the 200-plus recommendations contained in the Review of alcohol policies and legislation (the Riley Review) headed by former Chief Justice Trevor Riley.
Due to the policy changes the Territory has seen a massive reduction in alcohol harm including reduced hospitalizations, violence and people entering sobering up centres…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Undermines Health Policy-Making

An ABC investigation found pro-alcohol modifications to a ‘consultation draft’ of the National Alcohol Strategy suggest the policy making process has been infiltrated by Big Alcohol. The ABC report also questions Health Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to yield to pressure and involve the alcohol industry in finalising the strategy…

NEWS: Australians Think Their Country Has an Alcohol Problem

The number of people who consume alcohol to get intoxicated has edged close to half the people who use alcohol, around six million Australians, despite little change in overall alcohol consumption.
The 2019 Annual Alcohol Poll: Attitudes and Behaviours shows a steady climb over the past decade of people consuming alcohol wanting to get intoxicated from 35 to 47%. The Poll also found Australians remain confused about what constitutes low-risk to high-risk alcohol consumption…

NEWS: Australia: Pro Sports Expose Kids to Avalanche of Alcohol Ads

A new study sheds light on the extent AFL and NRL popularity is used to market alcohol brands to children. Almost all of men’s AFL and NRL clubs were found to accept money from Big Alcohol for advertising. 17 of 18 men’s AFL clubs and 15 of 16 official men’s NRL clubs were found to accept money from the Alcohol Industry. In AFL clubs, the Geelong Cats are on the top of the ladder with three major and one minor alcohol advertising deals. In NRL clubs the North Queensland Cowboys are on top of the ladder with four major and one minor alcohol advertising deals…

REPORT: Australian-First Study Sheds More Light On Factors Influencing Youth Alcohol Use

The study, How do alcohol control policies influence Australian adolescent drinking trends?, is the first Australian study to examine the relative influence of multiple alcohol policies, television alcohol advertising, retail alcohol outlet density and the proportion of alcohol-related articles in daily newspapers, on the alcohol use behaviour of adolescents…

NEWS: Australia: Worrying Increase In Alcohol Use

Alcohol use has risen at its fastest rate in a decade, and Australians are now consuming more beer, wine and spirits than at any time since 2011. Australian Bureau of Statistics director of health statistics Louise Gates said people aged 15 and older were now consuming 9.7 liters of pure alcohol per year, per capita…