March 14 – March 18, 2022
Welcome to No. 09 of Movendi International’s Weekly Alcohol Issues Newsletter 2022. We bring you carefully curated alcohol policy news, the latest highlights from our science digest, and brand-new Big Alcohol revelations.
This week’s special feature exposes how alcohol impedes economic growth and productivity around the world.
This newsletter also includes our most recent Alcohol Issues Podcast episode (S2, E5) and alerts for two upcoming events.

Special Feature – No. 09

How Big Alcohol Impedes Economic Growth and Productivity around the World

The products and practices of the alcohol industry drain precious resources from countries around the world. This heavy health, social, and economic costs are even more harmful now since governments need more resources to recover and build back better from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This special feature details the economic harm caused by the alcohol industry in OECD countries, and specifically in Norway, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK, the United States, as well as low- and middle-income countries, such as Sri Lanka and India.

The Special Feature also explores concrete types of economic harm, such as workplace harm and productivity loss, as well as loss of economic growth, healthcare spending, and more.

The Alcohol Issues Podcast

S2 E5: How Big Alcohol Uses the World Trade Organization to Influence Global Alcohol Policy

Public health and human rights are at a serious disadvantage in trade and investment negotiations where preference is given to alcohol industry interests.

How and to what extent the alcohol industry uses the trade policy arena to shape alcohol policy around the world remains poorly understood. This conversation with Dr. Pepita Barlow sheds light on the issue and provides deep insights into a parallel arena that shapes health policy, without public health expertise even being present.

This episode provides profound new insights into a topic that needs much more attention.

In this episode host, Maik Dünnbier talks with Dr. Pepita Barlow about groundbreaking new research shedding light on how the alcohol industry uses the World Trade Organization to interfere against public health-oriented alcohol policy development.

Pepita Barlow is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics. Previously, Dr. Barlow was a Research Associate at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and completed a DPhil (Ph.D.) at the University of Oxford. Pepita’s research examines how policies and actors outside the health sector impact health and health policy, with a particular focus on using novel methods and data to study the health impacts of trade policies and agreements.

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