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Alcohol is a major obstacle to development and the alcohol policy best buys are powerful catalysts for achieving the SDGs

We all want to see our communities and societies thrive. This will happen when we create environments that enhance people’s well-being, social connections, and fair access to our common resources. 

But sustainable development remains out of reach for many. A major reason for that is the harms caused by alcohol companies. The products and practices of the alcohol companies cause cancer and fuel violence for instance. Alcohol companies and their front groups interfere in countries all around the world jeopardizing people’s wellbeing, social connections, and fair access to our common resources. 

That’s why we need to address alcohol as major obstacle to development. To do that we have a set of proven alcohol policy solutions: Raising alcohol taxes, limiting alcohol availability, and banning alcohol advertising are high-impact solutions that political leaders should adopt. These solutions protect people from alcohol harm and help create thriving communities where health and development is possible for all.”

Kristina Sperkova, International President, Movendi International

Achieving the SDGs through tackling alcohol as obstacle to development

The 2030 Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 targets. It’s a comprehensive roadmap for humanity to tackle the world’s biggest problems – coherently and jointly. The 17 SDGs cover all three aspects of sustainable human development: the social, environmental, and economic dimension.

But the SDGs are in peril – and alcohol harm plays a major role.

At the mid-point of the 2030 Agenda nearly a third of the 169 SDG targets have not seen any progress since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015 and just 12% are on track to be achieved by 2030 according to Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ 2023 SDG Progress Report. And the COVID-19 public health crisis has put the promise “not to leave anyone behind” further out of reach. 

Movendi International provides a unique analysis of how alcohol impedes progress across the SDGs and how alcohol policy solutions help achieve health and development for all.

14 SDGs
Alcohol impedes progress towards 14 SDGs
Alcohol adversely affects 14 out of 17 SDGs, and a total of 46 targets.

Alcohol adversely affects 14 out of 17 SDGs, and a total of 46 targets. Alcohol is a serious obstacle to development adversely affecting all three dimensions of sustainable development and harming all aspects of society.

The products and practices of the alcohol industry are jeopardizing human capital, undermining economic productivity, eroding the social fabric, and burdening health systems. And they harm human happiness and well-being. In addition to human health the alcohol industry also harms planetary health.