WEEKLY ALCOHOL ISSUES
Week 15, April 12 – April 18, 2021
This week’s Special Feature covers new alcohol consumption and harm data from the WHO Regions of Europe and the Americas and illustrate the persisting lack of alcohol policy development – and Movendi International’s reaction to these new findings and a bold, new idea…
Alcohol issues from our Policy Newsfeed cover values of people in Germany that favor health and family; rising alcohol harm in the United States and Canada during the coronavirus crisis; and Phnom Penh’s temporary alcohol sales ban to curb the latest COVID-19 surge…
Alcohol issues from our Science Digest cover two studies detailing alcohol-fueled mortality trends in the Americas and in Sweden…
Alcohol issues from our Big Alcohol Watch expose how German alcohol industry front groups have begun to mobilize against health warning labeling in the EU; and how the wine industry in Spain is under investigation fro fraud…
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Special Feature – Week 15
NEW WHO REPORTS, STUDIES IN EUROPE AND AMERICAS REVEAL ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION LEVELS, HARM AND LACK OF POLICY IMPLEMENTATION
Although the WHO European Region has experienced an overall decrease in alcohol consumption levels, this trend is only associated with the progress achieved by a small number of countries mainly from the eastern part of the Region. With a few notable exceptions, western European countries, including countries within the European Union (EU), have made little or no progress in the reduction of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol use is the sole cause of 85,000 deaths annually in the Americas region, according to a brand new PAHO/WHO study.
The products and practices of the alcohol industry cause more than 300,000 deaths every year. Therefore, PAHO urges countries in the Americas region to improve alcohol availability rules, to ban alcohol advertising, and to raise alcohol taxation in order to better protect people and communities.
In response to findings that alcohol has become cheaper in the WHO European Region and that alcohol pricing policies are the least implemented policy tool, even though they are the most effective, Movendi International proposes an ambitious and promising new solution: a regional initiative for alcohol taxation.