Blog Archive

Since 2011, our Global Voices have produced more than 400 thought-provoking and opinionated blog articles – covering a diverse range of topics. Some blog articles are short, some are longer, some address specific issues and countries and others take up global trends. All of them are worth reading, for the insight they provide. Find them here…

New Indian Drug Demand Reduction Policy: Towards Good Health?

It is clear that only a comprehensive drug demand reduction policy will allow India to achieve Goal 3 of the 2030 Agenda. With the accelerating NCDs epidemic, alcohol-fueled violence against women, and children being exposed to grave harms associated with alcohol and other drugs the threats to healthy lives and well-being for all are massive…

Diabetes And Other NCDs In Africa: Looming Disaster

The healthcare systems in our countries in Sub-Saharan Africa already are despicable. We have not yet embraced preventive care and we are “developing” in frank terms quite poorly. We do not have universal health coverage and out of pocket expenditure for people to pay for health care is staggering – often forcing them to choose between health or food…

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…

Spinning The Truth: Diageo CEO Lies On TV

Diageo is not an ordinary company. This is not an ordinary CEO. Spinning the truth until it becomes a lie is not normal, even if it is standard in the alcohol industry. Diageo’s products are not ordinary commodities but harmful for individuals, families, communities and societies at large. Apparently Diageo is intent on evading responsibility, rather burdening society with paying the costs for the harms its products and marketing cause, instead of acting responsibly and ethically…

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…

False Philanthropy: Big Alcohol Exploits Africa

There is an increasing amount of marketing campaigns disguised as philanthropic initiatives being undertaken by global alcohol corporations in an effort to endear themselves with the people and (more importantly) with the politicians, and increase alcohol consumption in Africa. This is deeply problematic for many reasons…

It’s In The Numbers: Alcohol An Obstacle To Development

13 Goals and 52 Targets. Alcohol adversely impacts 13 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 52 out of the 169 targets. These numbers tell the story of alcohol’s massive burden on sustainable human development.
We have done the math. We have analyzed the 2030 Agenda, its goals and targets; and we’ve looked at the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. The numbers are clear: alcohol is an obstacle to every singel dimension of development…

Advocacy And Member Visit In Ghana

Brenda shares her impressions and some key lessons from her recent trip to visit our members in Ghana: “Alcohol adversely impacts 13 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and is a heavy burden on progress in Africa. But it’s great to know we are rising, from every corner of the continent…”

Alcohol Industry Wreaking Havoc Around Zimbabwe

Other people I spoke to are of the opinion that the authorities are deliberately turning a blind eye to the proliferation of both legal and illegal alcohol outlets in an attempt to shock absorb the frustration and discontent resulting from the increasing economic hardships…

After CSW – A Question For The Feminist Movement

Many people at CSW are talking about breaking norms but fewer are ready to tackle norms that we, according to the evidence, do not benefit from. The alcohol norm is incredibly harmful to women and girls. My questions remains: why is the feminist movement so comfortable with it?