Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up
WORLDWIDE WEEKLY ALCOHOL POLICY, SCIENCE, INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, Big Alcohol revelations as well as compelling blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Content for week 47
Alcohol policy updates provide insights into:
- Finland and alcohol harm in workplaces,
- South Korea and new alcohol marketing regulation,
- Wales and the scheduled introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing,
- Ireland and new alcohol advertising bans, and
- Latest initiatives to research health promotion taxation…
Fresh science updates are about:
- New data on alcohol use and harm in OECD countries,
- A compelling analysis of the costs of alcohol in Sweden,
- Analysis of the burden of “deaths of despair” in the United States, as well as
- An exploration of the impact of parental alcohol use on children…
The Big Alcohol monitor exposes:
- Diageo’s strategy for market domination in India,
- Why Big Alcohol opposes road safety measures in India,
- Why a major Dutch bank has completely divested from the alcohol industry, and
- Big Alcohol belongs to the top plastic polluters in the world…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal:
- Kalle writes about new EU rules and what they mean for alcohol retail monopolies in Scandinavia…
Upcoming events alert you to:
- Register for GAPC 2020,
- Save the date for summerLEAHP 2020.
Finland: Workplaces Burdened by Alcohol Harm
Research Overview: Taxing Harmful Commodities
South Korea: Plans to Ban Celebrities from Alcohol Labels
Wales Parliament: Introduce MUP in 2020
Ireland: Alcohol Ads Near Schools Banned
OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life.
Sweden: The Massive Costs of Alcohol
The costs of alcohol use in Sweden amount to SEK 103 billion (ca. €10 billion), annually, according to a new study by Systembolaget. The study shows that alcohol harm burdens the healthcare and social welfare system, the economy and productivity, the judicial system and police, as well as people’s quality of life. These costs amount to 0.2% of Swedish GDP.
Alcohol and “Deaths of Despair”
Research feature article
An Exploration of the Impact of Non-Dependent Parental [Alcohol Use] on Children
India: Diageo Strategy for Market Dominance Exposed
Why Big Alcohol Opposes Road Safety in India
Netherlands: ASN Bank Completely Divests from Big Alcohol
Big Alcohol Among World’s Top Corporate Plastic Polluters
EU Rules Don’t Threaten Icelandic Alcohol Retail Monopoly
The 6th Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2020 (GAPC 2020)
GAPC 2020 Theme
“Alcohol, Equity and Global Health: the benefit of alcohol control for sustainable development for all.”
This theme maintains the tradition of focusing on advocacy, overcoming vested interests in alcohol policy development and the need for international collaboration to stop the harm caused by alcohol.
GAPC 2020 Registration
Follow this link to the registration website.
Deadline for early bird registration is January 10, 2020.
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summerLEAHP 2020 is a unique hub for youth leaders to develop and enhance their skills, knowledge and capacities in leadership, communication, and advocacy for better and healthier environments for youth.