Topic: Policy

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…

NEWS: Alcohol Taxes Curb Violence, Suicide

How do we break this deadly connection? As doctors, we should always ask about alcohol use, violence and access to firearms, simply to raise awareness among our patients. But there is another strategy that would be highly effective: raise alcohol taxes…

NEWS: Uruguay: Drafting Alcohol Regulation

The government in Uruguay is drafting a bill to better regulate alcohol. The alcohol industry is set to be subjected to new retail and marketing restrictions. Uruguay’s President Tabare Vazquez has announced his plans to present a “holistic law” to tackle the nation’s rising alcohol problems…

NEWS: UK: Cheap Alcohol Fuels Inequalities

The BBC reports that “alcohol-linked deaths are 54% higher in Scotland” than in the rest of the United Kingdom. NHS Health Scotland reports annually about the nation’s relationship with alcohol – compiling evidence on sales, price, consumption, deaths and hospital admissions data. The report highlighted tremendous inequalities…

NEWS: New York: No Alcohol In Cinemas

A plan to permit cinemas in New York state to seek a license to serve alcohol seems to be stalled. Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo pursued the plan, claiming allowing theaters to serve alcohol would be a boon to both theaters and the state’s burgeoning craft beverage industry. For years, Gov. Cuomo has been pursuing alcohol-industry friendly moves to make alcohol even more available in New York state, despite the evidence of alcohol harm being linked to greater availability…

2017 WHO Forum On Alcohol, Drugs And Addictive Behaviors

The World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse organizes, for the first time, the global Forum on alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviours (FADAB) with a primary goal to enhance public health actions in these areas by strengthening partnerships and collaboration among public health oriented organizations, networks and institutions in the era of Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG 2030)…