Topic: Research

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: 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…

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)…

REPORT: Reframing NCDs As Socially Transmitted Conditions

In a Comment (February, 2017), the researchers argued that action on the conditions currently referred to as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) may be hampered by the inadequacy of their label.
The researchers received a remarkable amount of feedback on this suggestion, and in this Comment they synthesise the responses garnered from a Lancet Facebook poll, Correspondence letters, and a related GHD Online discussion.
The researchers also propose a new definition based on shared social drivers…

REPORT: Innovative Financing Instruments For Global Health

Development assistance for health (DAH), the value of which peaked in 2013 and fell in 2015, is unlikely to rise substantially in the near future, increasing reliance on domestic and innovative financing sources to sustain health programmes in low-income and middle-income countries.
The researchers examined innovative financing instruments (IFIs) – financing schemes that generate and mobilise funds – to estimate the quantum of financing mobilised from 2002 to 2015…

NEWS: Sexualized Alcohol Ads Undermine Rape Prevention

The researchers also emphasize the need to actively challenge practices employed by the alcohol industry which promote damaging behaviour as normative and acceptable…

REPORT: Alcohol Advertising And Public Health: Systems Perspectives Versus Narrow Perspectives

The marketing and advertising of alcoholic products contributes to an ‘alcogenic environment’ and is a modifiable influence on alcohol consumption and harm. Advertising aims to influence not just consumption, but also to influence awareness, attitudes and social norms; this is because advertising is a system-level intervention with multiple objectives. The researchers conclude that an unintended consequence of narrow, linear framings of complex system-level issues is that they can produce misleading answers. Systems problems require systems perspectives…

NEWS: Cananda: $1 Billion Costs Of DUIC

A new study “Estimating the Harms and Costs of Cannabis-Attributable Collisions in the Canadian Provinces” estimates the social and economic costs associated with driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) in Canadian provinces to be $1 billion in costs associated with DUIC deaths, injuries and property damage only collisions, with particularly high rates of harm among youth and young adults between the ages of 16–34…

REPORT: Location, Libation And Leisure: Examination Of Use Of Licensed Venues To Help Challenge Sexual Violence

The researchers argue that environments which incite narratives of loss of control and hypersexuality compromise the ability to counter sexual offending. They also argue that the presence of sexually violent advertising within licenced spaces undermines considerably the call to end gendered violence…