Tagged: Mental Health

MEMBER NEWS: Sri Lanka: ADIC Calls on President to Halt Alcohol Availability Increase During COVID-19

Sri Lanka banned alcohol sales along with imposing curfew measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 from late March. On Sunday April 19, the government decided to lift the alcohol ban along with relaxing the curfew measures. The Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC), a member of Movendi International, has expressed criticism of and opposition against this measure as it will increase availability of alcohol during the pandemic and likely harm people and burden people and communities further…

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NEWS: Liberia: Civil Society Requests Better Alcohol Control

Civil society organization Liberia Alcohol Policy Alliance (LAPA) driven by Movendi International members, is calling for better alcohol control measures during the COVID-19 pandemic…

NEWS: WHO Releases Children’s Story Book to Cope with COVID-19

The book titled “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19!” features the fantasy creature Ario. It is aimed at children aged 6 to 11 years and teaches kids how to protect themselves, family and friends from the virus and how to manage difficult emotions when confronted with a new and rapidly changing reality…

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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…

BLOG: Collective Denial and the Surprises of Seeing Beyond the Alcohol Norm

Many people and societies are in denial about the workings of the current alcohol norm and who is actually benefiting from it.
In this powerful blog, Lucy Rocco, the superstar behind Soberistas, exposes the truth about the alcohol norm, how it harms people and who benefits from it. It’s a truth that took Lucy many years to acknowledge herself. Starting from her own, inspiring personal story, she reveals how booze culture affects people during the current public health crisis. But Lucy writes, beyond these problems there lies the promise of better physical and mental health – something she has been able to enjoy and harness over the last nine years…

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NEWS: Russia: Alcohol Policy Reforms Yield Results

Alcohol policy reforms in Russia yield positive results for the country by reducing alcohol consumption and related harm.
Russia used to hold the title for being one of the countries in the world with the highest alcohol consumption. Now the rank has fallen to 14th – on par with Germany and France. Twelve years ago Russian per capita alcohol use was about 15 litres per year. Now it has declined to about 10 litres…

NEWS: UNODC: Treatment, Care and Recovery Suggestions for People with Drug Use Disorder during COVID-19

Pandemics and health emergencies costs lives and poses risks to health and well-being of people, security, stability as well as the economy. It is important to ensure access to health care during a pandemic, including services for people who use drugs and treatment of drug use disorders…

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NEWS: WHO: Restrict Alcohol Access During COVID-19 Lockdown

The WHO Regional Offices for Europe, the Americas (PAHO) and the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) have released important new guidance and advice on alcohol and COVID-19. With the new factsheet WHO reminds people that consuming alcohol does not protect them from COVID-19, and encourages governments to enforce measures which limit alcohol consumption…

MEMBER NEWS: Movendi Members Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

In the ongoing public health crisis that is COVID-19, Movendi International members are responding in impressive and inspiring ways. There is a vast number of member organizations who are running critical initiatives as part of the fight against the novel coronavirus and for the protection of people, families and communities. Initiatives range from information campaigns in the most marginalized villages, to online meetings and workshops, to offering healthy activities and coping advice for children, to making protective equipment and delivering face masks.
Here, we are compiling a worldwide overview of how Movendi International member organizations are stepping up in the face of this unprecedented public health crisis…