EPISODE 05 – THE ALCOHOL ISSUES PODCAST
For this fifth episode, host Maik Dünnbier is talking with Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, the President of the Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK), a member organization of Movendi International.
This week’s in-depth conversation
In the conversation with Nijole, we follow-up on a topic that Dag Rekve from the World Health Organization raised in the first two episodes of The Alcohol Issues Podcast: national alcohol policy making success stories. Dag talked about Russia. But of course there are more countries, and Lithuania is one of the most remarkable success stories in the world. And Nijole has been right in the center of advocacy for evidence-based alcohol laws in Lithuania in recent years.
With Nijole, we are getting into the weeds of alcohol policy making. We talk about the alcohol burden in Lithuania and why the country needed to address alcohol urgently. We also discuss in detail what the alcohol policy solutions entail and which barriers and obstacles had to be overcome. And Nijole shares some insights public opinion today regarding the alcohol laws. We discuss past, present and even explore the future of alcohol policy making in Lithuania.
This week’s Alcohol Issues highlights
This week we highlight four alcohol issues that we think deserve special attention. In policy news, we talk about the first indications of success with Minimum Unit Pricing in Wales and we discuss what happens to alcohol harm when Uber comes to town. In this week’s Science Digest we look at new research into risk factors for adolescent alcohol use and trajectories of alcohol harm in adult life. In the Big Alcohol Watch we expose how Coca-Cola is pushing into alcohol markets around the world, targeting youth and women.
Listen to episode 5
You can find the new episode on Apple podcasts, here.
And you can find episode 5 of the Alcohol Issues podcast on Podbean, here.
All previous podcast episodes are also available on both platforms, along with show notes and more background material.