November 15 – 19, 2021
Welcome to No. 36 of the weekly Alcohol Issues Newsletter with carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest highlights from our science digest, brand new Big Alcohol revelations and upcoming event alerts.
This week’s special feature dives deeper into the question how Big Alcohol attempts to capture Africa, no matter the human costs.
The newsletter also includes our most recent Alcohol Issues Podcast episode.

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Special Feature – No. 36

How Big Alcohol Tries to Capture Africa

Alcohol industry giants, mainly from Europe and North America, are engaging in an escalating battle to capture African societies and turn millions of alcohol abstainers into consumers of their products – in pursuit of ever increasing growth and profit.

Followed by aggressive and expensive corporate takeovers of competitors, alcohol giants deploy a set of strategies and tactics that put people and communities in harm’s way.

This Special Feature N. 36 dives deeper into how Big Alcohol attempts to capture Africa, no matter the human costs.

Big Alcohol is making inroads in the African region and major multinational alcohol corporationns are competing for market dominance, thirsting for the lucrative – and very young – emerging market in Africa.

The Alcohol Issues Podcast

How the Alcohol Industry Misrepresents the Truth About Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health

Alcohol’s harm on cardiovascular health is arguably the area where scientific knowledge and public awareness have progressed most slowly in the last decade. In addition to inaction, the myth of alcohol’s benefits for cardiovascular health persists. And in policy making processes this misunderstanding is a critical impediment to accelerating action on alcohol as public health priority. But this is changing.

In this episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier welcomes Mark Petticrew and May van Schalkwyk to explore why change is needed and how it can be further accelerated.

  • Mark is Professor of Public Health Evaluation in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Director of the NIHR Public Health Research Unit.
  • May is Specialist Registrar in Public Health and (NIHR) National Institute for Health Research Doctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, researching the commercial determinants of health.

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