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…

Taxation In East Africa: Why Governments Need Alcohol Taxes

The Public good and public health approach needs to be recognized when considering alcohol taxation. The case of South Africa shows that evidence-based alcohol policy measures, like taxation, can help improve social well being and the economy…

Why Are Celebrities Glamorizing Alcohol In Southern Africa?

Just like the ordinary consumer, celebrities are also victims of the successful hijacking of the limbic system by the alcohol industry and their agents into believing this myth. The industry has unscrupulously managed to position alcohol as a feel good, aspirational and status product…

9th Anniversary Of Thai Alcohol Control Act

On the occasion of the the 9th anniversary of the Alcohol Control Act in Thailand, it’s time to take stock: liquor businesses are still the champion in challenging the alcohol law with false advertisement, with price discounts, sales promotions, with selling alcohol to children under the age 20, with violating the time periods when alcohol sales are allowed, and with violating prohibited sales locations. This is a shocking and sad track record, especially since these violations can still be found numerously…

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…

Regulating Alcohol To Prevent NCDs

In 2015, Kenya leaped from low-income to lower-middle income status. But the increasing burden of NCDs and alcohol harm make up a massive obstacle to continued development. Fortunately, science provides clear evidence about what can be done and what is effective to promote health and boost development in Kenya…