Tagged: Mental Health

NEWS: Australia: COVID-19 Changes Alcohol Habit, Norm

COVID-19 lockdown in Australia poses a set of challenges for the country which can change the alcohol habit and norm to the worse if people are not aware. Urgent action is needed to ensure alcohol harm is tackled before it can rise during lockdown and years to come…

REPORT: Estonia Advances SDG Achievement by Tackling Alcohol Consumption

Estonia has suffered greatly from alcohol-related harm.
By implementing a comprehensive evidence-based alcohol policy, Estonia has reduced alcohol consumption by one-third over the last decade. As a result, alcohol-related morbidity and mortality have decreased and the health gap between different population groups has narrowed.

Estonia’s alcohol policy is directly linked to implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 3, and specifically target 3.5. Since alcohol-related deaths and health problems are more pronounced at the lower end of the social gradient, reducing alcohol harm will also contribute to achieving SDG 10 to ‘reduce inequality within and among countries’…

MEMBER NEWS: Junis, Sweden: 300 People Trained to Talk About Alcohol Addiction with Children

Ludde the dog teaches more adults to chat with children about alcohol problems. Junis, Movendi International member organization from Sweden, developed the education material ‘Ludde’ in order to teach adults. So far, 300 people have completed the ‘Ludde’ training…

NEWS: Pakistan: Booze Battle Amid Ramadan and COVID-19

A battle for booze has ensured in Pakistan amidst Ramadan and COVID-19 lockdown. A majority Muslim country, Pakistan does not allow consumption of alcohol for Muslims due to religious reasons. Regulations are specifically tightened during Ramadan season a holy month for Muslims…

BLOG: The French Dry January: A Success Story Despite Wine Makers’ Lobby And The Complicity of President Macron

The first ever Dry January campaign in France faced stiff opposition from the wine lobby and from President Macron. After originally committing to the campaign, the government withdrew its support in a bow to the lobby pressure of the alcohol industry.
But as Prof Naassila writes in this inspiring article, more than 30 civil society groups joined forces, defied the President and wine lobby and accomplished a remarkable success in the first year of the January challenge “à la française”.
Read about impressive numbers and the story behind the success and find out about the chances that 2021 will see another Dry January challenge…

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…

NEWS: Kenya: Home Delivery Fuels Alcohol Harm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, online alcohol sale and home delivery fuels alcohol harm in Kenya. One of the damages of the COVID-19 lockdown – and fueled by Big Alcohol – is the normalization of consuming alcohol at home. In Kenya people have turned to alcohol to “pass time” and “cope” with the stresses of the pandemic and being in isolation…

NEWS: Australia: Take-Away Alcohol Fuels Hospital Visits

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) reports emergency department (ED) data from Victoria, Australia show that take-away alcohol increasingly fuels hospital visits. The findings come from St. Vincent’s Hospital and Monash Health hospitals (Clayton, Casey and Dandenong) as part of the Driving Change Project in Australia. Adults who present to the ED were asked whether they consumed alcohol before their attendance, where they bought the alcohol, and the location of the last alcohol consumption…

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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…

REPORT: Alcohol Use in Times of COVID 19: Implications for Monitoring and Policy

The current pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) outbreak has many implications, one of them being the potential impact on health behaviour, including the consumption of alcohol. As there is no scientific evidence on the impact of the pandemic yet, the researchers conducted a quick search of the literature on the impact of other recent public health crises – either triggered by other infections or by strong economic downturns – on the levels and patterns of alcohol use. From this, two potential main mechanisms that are not mutually exclusive emerge, with accompanying hypotheses about the possible impact of COVID‐19 on alcohol use…