Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Indiana, US: How Big Alcohol Lobbies Locally

The State of Indiana is planning to revise the state’s alcohol code. To that end a new panel, the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, has been created to make recommendations about how to change Indiana’s retail rules on alcohol sales. The alcohol industry is spending money to sway commission members, even though this type of influencing is formally banned…

NEWS: South Africa: ‘Beer For Africa’ Campaign Averted

Following public condemnation of cynical exploitation of hunger to sell more beer with the now infamous “Beers for Africa” campaign, South African Breweries has given notice that it has decided to upend the campaign. After the advocacy success to avert such a cynical Corporate Social Responsibility campaign by an alcohol company that is owned by the world’s largest beer producer, civil society activists are now calling on the South African government to revisit stalled alcohol control legislation including the ban of alcohol advertising…

BLOG: 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…

IOGT Members Help Birth West African Alcohol Policy Alliance

Civil society in West Africa is stepping up to tackle alcohol as obstacle to development and counter-act the aggressive push of multinational alcohol companies into the region’s countries. 10 civil society organization and one research center, from 6 countries, joined forces and formally established the West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA). 6 of the NGOs are member organizations of IOGT International…

NEWS: Lithuania: Parliament Passes Alcohol Policy Measures

The Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania (Seimas) adopted amendments to the Law on Alcohol on June 1, 2017. The new alcohol policy measures raise the legal age for alcohol use, restrict hours of alcohol sales and ban alcohol advertising…