Tagged: Public Space

NEWS: Sydney, Australia: Lockout Laws Weakened

Sydney’s lockout laws will be removed in CBD from January 14, 2020. The changes will affect all venues in Sydney’s CBD including Oxford Street but the laws will remain in place in Kings Cross.
The lockout laws – which came into effect in 2014 – included measures such as 1:30 AM last entry and 3:00 AM last serving of alcohol. Both have been scrapped for Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW government has watered down the laws, by taking out the last entry measure and extending last serving to 3:30 AM. To further weaken alcohol policy measures, liquor shop hours have been increased from 11:00 PM to midnight…

NEWS: Belgium: 2020 Alcohol Ban in Central Brussels

Belgium’s capital Brussels is set to implement an alcohol ban in public space in the city center, starting 2020. Consuming alcohol at night in central Brussels will be banned from February 1st 2020 for a test period of 6 months. he new policy measure is intended to reduce and prevent fights and disruption of public order fueled by alcohol…

NEWS: Prague: Alcohol-Fueled Tourism Strains Residents’ Lives

Residents’ lives in Czechia’s capital Prague is increasingly strained under a rising tide of visitors that increasingly disturb the peace with so called pub crawls. In 2000, 2.62 million tourists visited Prague. This number has skyrocketed to just under 8 million in 2018. The tourists are attracted by Prague’s stunning baroque and gothic architecture – and easily available cheap beer. ..

NEWS: Brazil: Alcohol Policy to Reduce Homicide

Over 1,060,000 Brazilians have fallen victim to homicide since 2000. Nevertheless, the Brazilian government is failing to adopt a comprehensive strategy and launch a federal agenda to reduce and prevent crime and corruption. However, best and promising practices exist at subnational level where efforts offer hints into what works – including alcohol policy solutions…

REPORT: South Korea: Biking Under Alcohol Influence

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of BUI and the associated risk factors in a representative Korean population. In conclusion, the prevalence of BUI was 12.1% and several associated risk factors for BUI were elucidated in this study.
The development of specific preventive strategies and educational programs aimed at deterring individuals at a high risk of engaging in BUI is expected to reduce the number of alcohol-related bicycle injuries…

BLOG: Building Cities For All Through Alcohol Policy

All these facts tell the story of urban development being hindered by alcohol harm. It’s a story of exclusion, lack of opportunity and freedom, oppressions and vulnerability – the opposites of the paradigm shift that global leaders actually want to bring about with the New Urban Agenda…

NEWS: WHO Report: Health As Pulse Of New Urban Agenda

The new WHO report “Health as the pulse of the New Urban Agenda – United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development” (PDF) considers how to integrate health into urban planning, investments, and policy decisions, so as to support the implementation and achievement of the goals and objectives of the New Urban Agenda.
Alcohol harm is mentioned only once, meaning WHO missed an opportunity to highlight how alcohol hinders urban development and undermines resilient, inclusive, safe cities for all. Likewise alcohol policy measures are addressed only once in the report but at least in a robust way, highlighting the role of alcohol taxation and alcohol advertising bans…

NEWS: Tanzania: Alcohol A Burden On Nightlife

Violent behaviour in and around pubs, night clubs and bars in Dar Es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania, presents a significant public health, criminal justice and urban management problem. A new survey shows that alcohol fueled violence often occurs in these environments.
Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA), an IOGT International Member Organization, conducted a survey on violence in nightlife alcohol use environments. Findings show that violence in the night-time typically involves young males and females who are under the influence of alcohol in the majority of cases…