Topic: Well-being

NEWS: Many Benefits Of An Alcohol-Free Month

Dry January is an initiative of the British NGO Alcohol Change, which inspires and supports people to try and start the year with a month free from alcohol. The alcohol-free month in January has gone global and Dry January is a worldwide phenomenon now – as evidenced by a recent Wall Street Journal article by Sumathi Reddy entitled “The Dry January Effect. Now that the British fad is taking hold in the U.S., research shows that losing booze for a month has several health benefits—sometimes months later”.
Research shows that the people participating in Dry January are experiencing major benefits…

NEWS: Hongkong: Increasing Alcohol Policy Implementation

Health warnings could be put on alcoholic beverage containers in Hong Kong as the government considers its next step in an effort to curb binge alcohol use.
Hongkong has recently implemented alcohol availability regulations, requiring customer identification proving they were over 18 years of age to purchase alcohol. Retailers found selling alcohol to minors are facing tougher prosecution…

BLOG: A Star Is Born And So Many Are Lost

To me, it is obvious. We do not care. We exploit. In the name of fun. Entertainment. Even friendship. The lack of reflection in this area is alarming and harmful and it needs to change. We are talking about removing the stigma around (alcohol) addiction; we are talking about removing stigma about mental health problems, including substance use disorders but removing the stigma is impossible in this alcohol norm that glorifies the substance and completely ignores the harms of all the promotions, ill-concieved jokes, advertisments and endorsements…

NEWS: New SAFER Initiative Launched At United Nations

WHO Launches SAFER Alcohol Control Initiative To Curb Alcohol Harm
WHO-led initiative and action package aim to support global target of reducing harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025.
With strong support from IOGT International, The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a groundbreaking new initiative and technical package called SAFER – outlining five high-impact strategies that can help governments prevent and reduce alcohol harm and related health, social and economic consequences…

REPORT: The How: Message For UN High-Level Meeting On NCDs

This September’s UN General Assembly high-level meeting (HLM) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) provides a strategic opportunity to propel the response—from “where do we want to be” to “how do we get there”…

BLOG: We Care

These are times when our political leaders work to divide us and separate us by spreading lies and fears and hatred about different groups of people, instead of looking for true solutions to real problems. These are troubling times, when opinions are taken for facts, when talking points have replaced dialogue, when shouting is more important than listening, when corporate interests drown out people’s needs, when ideology trumps reality, when respect has become weakness and when truth has become an afterthought.

In times like this, it can be hard to feel hope and to see where change should come from. I believe, the starting point for change is to resist giving up and retreating, and instead stand firm by saying:

I care. We care. Let’s go…