BLOG: Big Alcohol’s Attack On Women

The news is not that the alcohol industry does this. The outrage is not that they admit it. The story is that Big Alcohol tactics to target women have real and adverse consequences…

BLOG: Addiction Stigma And Big Alcohol Myths

Maintaining the collective illusion that the only people who have real alcohol problems are those homeless social deviants is crucial for Big Alcohol’s bottom line. It’s also immoral. And it’s our duty to change it, to shatter myths, end stigma and promote an evidence-based discourse about alcohol and related harms…

BLOG: Standing Up For The Human Rights Of Children Of Alcoholics

I think that helping and protecting children of alcoholics can bring about structural change to how society views the best interest of children and how we come together in promoting environments that allow all children to thrive. If we can ensure that no child, no matter how marginalized and vulnerable, is left behind, we as global community stand a chance of building a better world with Human Rights for all…

BLOG: Building Cities For All Through Alcohol Policy

All these facts tell the story of urban development being hindered by alcohol harm. It’s a story of exclusion, lack of opportunity and freedom, oppressions and vulnerability – the opposites of the paradigm shift that global leaders actually want to bring about with the New Urban Agenda…

BLOG: Alcohol Free To Help Prevent FASD

Exposure of the unborn child to alcohol in pregnancy can cause lifelong disabilities (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, FASD) and is a massive public health concern around the world. As approximately half of all pregnancies are unplanned, the exposure of fetuses to alcohol is causing an epidemic of alcohol harm to others than the alcohol user themselves.
Today is September 9th and International FASD Awareness Day. It’s another opportunity to make the case for urgent action and to help raise awareness of the dangers and risks associated with alcohol use during pregnancy. It’s a day to spend alcohol free – in order to help prevent FASD…

BLOG: EURO2016 Problems: At Work Surrounded By Alcohol

There are many reasons why alcohol brand marketing is misplaced in professional sports. And Roy Carroll, Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper symbolizes one.
To my mind, the well-being of the players during and after their career and the environments that they do their jobs in, should make it as easy as possible to be healthy. For those few that ever make into professional football, their dream should not become a nightmare, just because the alcohol industry needs a marketing platform…

BLOG: Knowing Where The Goal Is: EURO 2016 And Alcohol Brands

This summer, all kids will see is the tight and seemingly natural connection between football’s biggest star(s) and alcohol. With every report, every film clip, every press conference, Heineken (and Carlsberg and more…) executives and shareholders will be hearing the sound of bank notes in their greedy hands. For a whole summer, children will be primed to recognize alcohol brands, to like alcohol brands and to associate alcohol brands with good times. And it doesn’t even makes sense because many sports heroes are outspoken about living free from alcohol to protect their health and boost their performance…

BLOG: UEFA Champions League Final: The Glory, The Stars, The Risks

Alcohol sports sponsorship is big business, especially in football and the UEFA Champions League. It has become a premium platform for the alcohol industry to associate alcohol with glamor, performance, success – all messages targeted at children and youth…

BLOG: DISCUS Embarrasses Itself In Attack On IOGT

This petty attack on IOGT International in an attempt to “rally the troops internally” is really embarrassing for DISCUS and Mr Naasz. DISCUS was only accurate with the fact that IOGT International is an organization for people who choose to..