WORLDWIDE WEEKLY HIGHLIGHTS

Week 25, June 15 – 21, 2020

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 Estonia, the United States, France, and India…

The Latest Science Digest covers issues of the alcohol policy and the coronavirus as well as the rise and fall of alcohol taxation in the United States…

The Big Alcohol Watch exposes a new lobby front for Big Alcohol in Sweden, and what they are planning and the industry’s ruthlessness in the on-demand alcohol delivery business…

This week’s Special Feature sheds more light on the potential of alcohol taxation to reach health and development for all and on the political realities of how the potential is often ignored and squandered…

Worldwide Alcohol Policy News

Worldwide alcohol policy news newsletter

 

  1. Estonia: Bigger Affordability Drives Alcohol Use Increase.
    Read the complete story here…
  2. USA: Alcohol Taxes At Historic Low As Alcohol Harm Rises.
    Read the complete story here…
  3. France: Alcohol Advertising Ban Wins Case in High-Court.
    Read the complete story here…
  4. India: Alcohol Use and Tax Revenue During COVID-19.
    Read the complete story here…

Worldwide Latest Science Digest

Latest Science Digest Newsletter

  1. “Alcohol Policy and Coronavirus: An Open Research Agenda”
    Get to the digest of the Research editorial here…
  2. “The Rise and Fall of Alcohol Excise Taxes in U.S. States, 1933–2018”
    Get to the digest of the Research article here…

Worldwide Big Alcohol Watch

Big Alcohol Watch newsletter

 

  1. Sweden: IOGT-NTO Exposes Liquor Giant’s New Lobby Front Group.
    Read the whole story here…
  2. California, USA: On-Demand Alcohol Delivery Apps Harm Youth.
    Read the whole story here…

Special Feature

ALCOHOL TAXATION FOR HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL

Health promotion tax

Local, national, and global stories that elucidate both the power and potential of alcohol taxation to promote health and development for all and that illustrate how governments are squandering the potential of alcohol taxation, putting lives and economies at risk.

India is an example where alcohol harm burdens society with massive costs but where alcohol taxation is used more for revenue generation than for health promotion. The United States are an example where communities are increasingly demanding action on alcohol harm, through alcohol taxation, but where the Federal Government prioritizes Big Alcohol profits instead with major alcohol tax cuts. Estonia is a case example highlighting how fast positive trends in alcohol use reduction can be lost due to reversals in alcohol taxation and how many lives can be lost as a consequence. And lastly, despite unimpeachable evidence that alcohol taxes can produce substantial health gains by reducing premature mortality while raising government revenues, major UN reports continue to ignore this policy tool.