Movendi International’s weekly in-depth conversation with with policy makers, community leaders and scientists about a special topic of global importance. The podcast also summarizes the latest highlights of alcohol issues in policy and science and new alcohol industry revelations.

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The weekly Alcohol Issues Podcast is carefully curated from the daily news stories in our News Center. The podcast summarizes highlight stories from the policy newsfeed, the science digest, the community solutions hub and the Big Alcohol Watch.

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You can find every brand new episode, including show notes with background material on the following podcast platforms: 

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  3. Spotify and
  4. on Podbean.

All episodes of season 1

Conversation with Kristina Sperkova, Movendi International

An in-depth conversation with Kristina Sperkova, the President of Movendi International about alcohol harm as a feminist issue, the burden alcohol places on women and why the Women’s Rights movement has so far fail to respond adequately.

Episode 09 is a special edition episode, marking the end of another 16 Days of Activism to raise awareness about and promote action towards eliminating violence against women. We skip the weekly alcohol issues highlights to completely focus on the in-depth conversation to take a deep-dive into alcohol issues through a gender and Women’s Rights lens. With Kristina we discuss alcohol‘s role in the epidemic of violence against women. It’s a broad topic that does not receive the attention it deserves. Kristina shares her analysis of how and why the Women’s Rights movement is failing in this regard.

Conversation with Maristela Monteiro, PAHO

An in-depth conversation with Maristela Monteiro, the Senior Advisor on Alcohol and Substance Abuse of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). With Maristela we discuss alcohol consumption and harm in the Americas region, including alcohol and COVID-19. We also talk about alcohol policy making in the region, the success stories, the challenges and obstacles, as well as the way forward. 

Episode 08 highlights three alcohol issues. In policy news: the role of ultra-cheap alcohol in the UK’s heavy alcohol burden; and we explore similar stories from different countries about the need to strengthen services for people with alcohol problems during the pandemic. In the latest science digest: a new study that examined the impact of alcohol policy development in former Soviet Union countries over the last 30 years. And in the Big Alcohol Watch: corporate capture of the government in the Northern Territory in Australia.

Conversation with researchers Nason Maani and May van Schalkwyk

An in-depth conversation with Nason Maani and May van Schalkwyk, two of the authors of the highly important and innovative research article “Dark Nudges and Sludge in Big Alcohol: Behavioral Economics, Cognitive Biases, and Alcohol Industry Corporate Social Responsibility”.

Episode 07 also highlights two alcohol issues that we think deserve special attention. In policy and science news, we talk about the latest Global Burden of Disease study, its key findings and what they mean for alcohol policy-making. And in the Big Alcohol Watch we discuss evidence from Ireland about the child rights harm due to alcohol and the delay in implementing the Public Health Alcohol Act.

Conversation with Nina Renshaw, NCD Alliance

An in-depth conversation with Nina Renshaw, the Policy and Advocacy Director at the NCD Alliance, discussing alcohol’s as well as the alcohol industry’s role in the global tsunami that are non-communicable diseases and their major risk factors.
Episode 06 sheds light on three alcohol issues of special attention. In policy news: Canada during COVID-19 and how rising alcohol use is fueling mental health problems and what all that says about the country’s alcohol policy situation. In this week’s Science Digest: new research showing just how much healthcare spending could be prevented through policy action on health risk factors such as alcohol. And in the Big Alcohol Watch: how Big Alcohol uses the illusion of small-scale alcohol production in the Swedish countryside to lobby for the undoing of the successful Swedish alcohol policy model.

Conversation with Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, NTAKK

An in-depth with Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, the President of the Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK), about Lithuania as one of the most remarkable success stories of alcohol policy-making in the world.
Episode 05 also discusses four new weekly highlights regarding alcohol issues in policy, science and industry revelations. 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.

Conversation with Caterina Giorgi, FARE

An in-depth conversation with Caterina Giorgi of FARE about their trailblazing advocacy success to secure mandatory pregnancy warning labeling in Australia and New Zealand.

Episode 04 also provides latest weekly highlights regarding alcohol issues in policy, science and industry revelations. In policy news, we talk about Sweden’s plan to raise alcohol taxes; and we take a look at two European countries’ alcohol policy during the second wave of COVID-19 infections. This week’s Science Digest and Big Alcohol Watch overlap, meaning that we are discussing two new compelling studies that help expose alcohol industry strategies.

Conversation with Dudley Tarlton, UNDP

An in-depth conversation with Dudley Tarlton, program specialist for health and development at the United Nations Development Program, UNDP. It’s an insightful conversation that provides unique perspectives on alcohol as obstacle to development and some inspiring ideas how to tackle it.

Episode 03 discusses the weekly highlights of alcohol issues in policy: the alcohol burden in the UK; the science digest highlight: alcohol use and brain damage; and in the Big Alcohol Exposed segment we dive into a new report about how health harmful industries exploit COVID-19 for marketing purposes.

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