Welcome to carefully curated weekly alcohol policy news, latest scientific updates, and brand-new stories about the predatory practices of the alcohol industry.
This week’s Special Feature reveals how alcohol companies harm planetary health.
We also have episode 1 of season 3 of the Alcohol Issues Podcast for you, an action alert and three upcoming events.

Alcohol Issues Newsletter

April 17 – 23, 2023

Alcohol Issues Top Stories

  • New Study: Alcohol Taxation Among 12 Most Efficient Ways to Eradicate Poverty, Promote Development.
  • Alcohol Policy Best Buys Save Lives in Baltic Countries and Poland.
  • Time to Question Relations With Big Alcohol.

Most Read Stories

  • WHO Publishes Reporting About Alcohol Guide For Journalists.
  • Nordic Countries: New Dietary Advice Likely to Recommend Staying Alcohol-Free As Best for Health.
  • Estonia: New Government Plans Annual Price Increase for Alcohol, Tobacco.

Alcohol Issues Special Feature – No. 16

How the Alcohol Industry Harms Planetary Health

Alcohol production, packaging, and distribution harm environmental health and sustainability

The alcohol industry fuels the three planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Water and food insecurity, environmental degradation, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and green-washing are part of the alcohol industry’s sustainability footprint

Alcohol adversely affects 14 out of 17 SDGs and a total of 54 targets. Through its multiple health, social and economic harms, alcohol is a massive obstacle to sustainable human development.

Mexico – as just one example among many countries facing the same problems – is facing a water crisis with northern parts of the country being acutely affected. Record low levels of rainfall in the northern state of Nuevo León have resulted in the city’s dams drying up and groundwater running low. People suffer with no water coming from taps and children are getting sick due to poor sanitation. But Big Beer keeps on guzzling what little water there is to produce their beer products. 

Global beer giants AB InBev, Carlsberg and Heineken have exposed as some of the leading plastic polluters in the world. In Europe, Heineken is in fact the third biggest polluter.

The Alcohol Issues Podcast

S3 E1: New Report – Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Can Be Harmful to Blood Pressure and Lead to Hypertension

A brand new report on alcohol and blood pressure summarizes the best scientific research and provides a state-of-the-art overview of alcohol’s substantial causal role in the genesis of hypertension and related diseases.
For the first episode of the third season Maik Dünnbier discusses the findings and conclusions from the brand new, groundbreaking report with one of the co-authors Dr. Timothy Naimi.

The Alcohol Issues Podcast is an original production by Movendi International. It’s a show about current alcohol issues of global importance. Through in-depth conversations with policy makers, community leaders and scientists, we explore alcohol policy issues, discuss landmark scientific studies, and expose the alcohol industry.

Call to Action

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research (IJADR) has announced a call for papers for a special thematic issue on “Alcohol Prevention Research and Policy Development in LMICs: Facilitating Partnerships, Capacity and Impact.

This issue will share alcohol prevention research and findings about policy development in low- and middle-income countries.

Movendi International decided to co-sponsor this special issue to support scientific developments and encourage sharing of experience and expertise from researchers from low- and middle-income countries.

Important details

  • Deadline for manuscript submission: April 30, 2023. 
  • Submission link and guidelines: IJADR submission checklist.
  • Manuscripts must not be published previously and must not be under consideration for publication in another journal.
  • At least one of the authors is expected to have an affiliation with a LMIC. 
  • Papers which are from LMICs where all authors reside in LMICs will have all publishing fees waived off. 
  • The article processing charge is US$750 for 3,000-word manuscripts for authors from high-income countries.

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