Topic: Democracy

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…

NEWS: WHO EURO RCM: Make Alcohol Priority

On the fourth and final day of the 67th Regional Committee Meeting of the WHO European Region alcohol policy was on the agenda. The meeting deliberated about the “Progress report on the implementation of the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020” under agenda item 5 (h).
While there is some progress in a few areas, and while there have been some key developments towards better alcohol control policies, the progress report alarmed civil society…

NEWS: WHO EURO: Regional Committee Under Way

More than 600 delegates have gathered in Budapest for the WHO EURO regional committee meeting deliberating how to improve Europe’s health, through – for instance – assessing progress in reducing alcohol harm, tackling NCDs and achieving the SDGs. Read the highlights of the first day of the meeting…

NEWS: Ireland: Minister Urged To Resist Big Alcohol Lobbying

Calls on Minister of Health mount to defend Alcohol Bill and to resist alcohol industry lobbying
The Minister for Health has been urged to resist attempts by the alcohol industry to introduce amendments to forthcoming bill on the sale and marketing of alcohol in Ireland…

NEWS: Addiction Crisis, USA: Raise Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. And it is largely ignored. Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor could help tackle the problem, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg View…

NEWS: Ireland: Super Cheap Alcohol Fuels Harm

Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Irish government to retain the current level of excise duty, to introduce a Social Responsibility levy on all alcohol and demands the immediate enactment of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill including the Minimum Unit Pricing measure. The calls come among rising consumption fueled by super cheap alcohol generally preferred by young people and heaviest alcohol users…

NEWS: EU: Commissioner Endorses Industry Self-Regulation

In response to a written question by Croatian Socialist MEP Biljana Borzan [S&D], European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis made it clear that the entire alcohol sector should develop within one year a self-regulatory proposal on labelling…

NEWS: California: Opposition To 4AM Bar Closing

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance along with dozens of community members gathered in San Diego, California to protest a proposal to allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol as late as 4 a.m…

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…