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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week 26

Welcome to another week of carefully curated highlights from Alcohol Policy News, Latest Science Digest, Big Alcohol Watch, a Upcoming Event Alert and another Special Feature.
This week, Alcohol Policy News deal with the ‘Loi Evin’ in France, the ‘Dietary Guidelines’ in the United States, the price tag for alcohol use disorder, and with WHO Europe’s Draft European Program of Work …
The Latest Science Digest covers the groundbreaking analysis of the pass-through rates of alcohol taxation, the relation between alcohol outlet density and alcohol use disorder in communities, and the power of health taxes…In this week’s Big Alcohol Watch we expose the free beer scheme of the alcohol industry, reveal how Big Alcohol targets women and illustrate latest evidence about the failure of alcohol marketing self-regulation…
The Special Feature this week sheds more light on the indications for a new tidal wave of alcohol harm as consequence of COVID-19, building on factors fueling the alcohol burden already before the current pandemic…

NEWS: USA: Progress on Alcohol in ‘Dietary Guidelines’

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory (DGA) Committee of the United States forecast changes to advice given on alcohol in their dietary guidelines. While there is some progress in the new advice, more improvement would better inform consumers on the risks of consuming alcohol specifically regarding alcohol and cancer risk.
Men should cut back their alcohol intake to one alcoholic drink per day rather than two, according to the DGA, an influential panel that is advising the U.S. government on new dietary guidelines due to be updated later in 2020…

NEWS: COVID-19 in Scotland: Doctors Report Alcohol-Fueled Spike in Liver Damage

Doctors are warning that there could be an alcohol-fueled spike in liver disease coming in Scotland due to COVID-19. Retail alcohol sales in March increased in month-on-month volume by 31.4%. More concerning is that according to the new report, one in five Scots who use alcohol daily reported consuming more than they used to before COVID-19.
The report also warns about a subgroup of people who could be developing high-risk patterns of alcohol use during COVID-19 lockdown…

REPORT: Alcohol Policy and Coronavirus: An Open Research Agenda

There are many implications from the COVID-19 counter-measures for research on alcohol consumption, harms, and policies – in high- and low-income countries – related to rapid changes in the supply, demand, marketing, alcohol consumption contexts, associated risks, and other environmental factors known to influence alcohol-related outcomes…

NEWS: American Cancer Society Updates Cancer Prevention Guideline

The American Cancer Society updates its diet and physical activity guideline for cancer prevention, noting “it is best not to drink alcohol.” More emphasis is also placed on reducing the consumption of processed and red meat, and increasing physical activity for cancer prevention….

NEWS: WHO Foundation Established to Support Critical Global Health Needs

The World Health Organization has established the WHO Foundation to support critical global health needs. The Foundation will fund the WHO and trusted partners to deliver on the Organization’s “triple billion” goals. These goals aim to: protect 1 billion people from health emergencies. But concerns remain about the ethical standards of the WHO Foundation around its corporate partnerships and donors. Health harmful industries such as the alcohol industry are seeking to break their way into WHO through corporate social responsibility schemes to undermine WHO’s credibility, influence its normative guidance and derail its policy-making processes. It remains to be seen which firewalls against conflicts of interest the new WHO Foundation will set up and implement…

NEWS: WHO Europe: FAQs About Alcohol and COVID-19

The World Health Organization European regional office has published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about alcohol and COVID-19. This is a timely follow-up to the guidance and advice on alcohol and COVID-19 that the WHO Regional Offices for Europe, the Americas (PAHO) and the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) had already released in April 2020.The FAQs cover the following questions related to alcohol and COVID-19: Are people who drink alcohol at higher risk of COVID-19 infection?…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish Government Nominates IOGT-NTO for EESC

The Swedish government has nominated IOGT-NTO for the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Earlier in May, the Swedish Network for Non-communicable Diseases, in which IOGT NTO is a member organization, nominated Irma Kilim, IOGT-NTO’s Head of Drug Policy, as a representative to the EESC Swedish seat. The government has decided to nominate Irma Kilim as one of the 12 representatives of Sweden in the EESC…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harms Economy, Fuels COVID-19

India started to relax COVID-19 restrictions as they entered what is called the third phase of the lockdown from May 4, 2020. One of the first steps seen with lockdown relaxation was lifting of the alcohol sales ban in states. This has already led to negative consequences and is predicted to lead to even more grave repercussions in the coming months and years…

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NEWS: Worldwide Alcohol Policy Newsletter Week #21

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 Ghana, the United States, Germany, Finland and youth in Europe (HSBC)…
The Latest Science Digest covers issues of alcohol consumption reductions in Europe (or lack thereof), NCDs prevention policies in the Pacific, Estonia utilizing alcohol policy as catalyst for the SDGs, and the effects of TV alcohol ads exposure on alcohol consumption… 
The Big Alcohol Watch exposes how the alcohol industry plans to exploit Aboriginal communities by placing a “super store” in the middle of alcohol-free communities, and how Big Alcohol tries to delay pregnancy warning labels, again…This week’s Special Feature sheds light the historic World Health Assembly, including Movendi International and civil society advocacy…