BLOG: First World Cup 2018 Games Reveal Fifa Hypocrisy

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is in full swing, again. It is the world’s biggest sporting event. Reaching over 3.2 billion television viewers, the quadrennial World Cup is the most watched live sporting event globally. And so, Fifa’s hypocrisy is on full display, again, too.
Two examples after the first weekend of match play clearly expose Fifa’s profit interest from alcohol sponsorship contradicting the core values the organization claims to embrace…

BLOG: The Promise Of Back-To-Back High-Level UN Meetings On Health Topics

The parallel processes of preparation for and follow-up on both high-level meetings could lead to an elevation of global health as a central issue for world leaders in years to come, if we use the opportunity wisely. Interventions to prevent and reduce alcohol harm provide an excellent lesson: What IOGT International’s three core strategies show is that there are very real and evidence-based ways to link the conversations, communities and commitments for ending TB as well as NCDs…

BLOG: What Latest Global Fund Drama Reveals About Their Leadership

Five points that expose the massive mistakes the Global Fund leadership has made and continues to make as the partnership with alcohol industry giant Heineken is still not terminated…

BLOG: Global Health We Want: 7 Key Messages For WHO’s Future

We are standing on the doorsteps of a new era. But there’s a real threat that the door will hit us in the face as we attempt to walk through it. The decisions that governments and the WHO Secretariat, regions and country offices under the leadership of Dr Tedros are making, including with the General Program of Work, can either propel us into the era of wellbeing and sustainable human development for all. Or they can leave us stuck where we are right now, in a world where corporations make profits from destroying the health of people and planet…

BLOG: Paradise Papers And Beyond: Big Alcohol Big In Tax Schemes

What the Paradise Papers show is that alcohol industry executives think they are above the law. These new leaks show that the alcohol industry is ruthlessly externalizing costs to take home windfall profits, and deliberately scheming to avoid taxation.
It means is that Big Alcohol is leaving societies around the world completely alone with the massive costs from the damage their products cause. In the end, these practices undermine the very fabric and functioning of our societies. When domestic resource mobilization is undermined on this scale and this mercilessly important government functions like providing prevention and treatment for alcohol harm cannot be delivered to the people who need them the most.
In that sense, the leaks reveal more than concrete examples of unethical and anti-social business practices. The leaks also reveal the true face of a rogue industry…

BLOG: Make Alcohol Policy The Priority It Must Be

A crisp analysis of the alcohol progress report for the WHO European Region and an urgent call for more action and leadership to do what we know is the right and most effective way forward…

BLOG: Alcohol Industry Goes Bonkers Over Canadian Road Safety Plans

Lowering the BAC limit is a smart policy move. Science and public health activists would say so. And many politicians, like Canada’s Minister of Justice. The alcohol industry, however, has a different view…

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…