NEWS: UN Releases UNGA72 Preparatory Documents

In preparation for the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA72), the UN has released a number of documents related to its agenda item on sustainable development, including documents on education for sustainable development (ESD), implementation of UN environmental conventions, and social development. The documents provide an overview of progress on the topic and make recommendations for the UNGA’s consideration, including specific recommendations on accelerating progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Industry Lobbying Tactics Exposed

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education’s submission to the Northern Territory Alcohol Review has exposed how the alcohol industry undermined and attacked scientific evidence in an attempt to mislead the inquiry. 
Public health experts say alcohol industry submissions to the review “conspire to undermine science by merchandising doubt in a manner straight out the tobacco industry’s playbook”…

BLOG: Spinning The Truth: Diageo CEO Lies On TV

Diageo is not an ordinary company. This is not an ordinary CEO. Spinning the truth until it becomes a lie is not normal, even if it is standard in the alcohol industry. Diageo’s products are not ordinary commodities but harmful for individuals, families, communities and societies at large. Apparently Diageo is intent on evading responsibility, rather burdening society with paying the costs for the harms its products and marketing cause, instead of acting responsibly and ethically…

Alarm Over Increasing Alcohol Harm In Thai Women, Girls

Women and girls in Thailand suffer increasingly from alcohol-related harm. As alcohol companies target their marketing towards Thai girls and women, consumption increases and so do associated harms. At the same time, women are still greatly affected by men’s alcohol use, for example due to triggered violence…

NEWS: India: 2017 National Health Conclave On NCDs

Recognizing that India is experiencing a rapid health transition with a rising burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), now considered as a developmental burden, the Association of Health Providers India, the Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Council of Medical Research, along with other key partners from government, research institutions, academia and international agencies joined hands to organize the National Health Conclave 2017 with the theme “Chronic Care – Innovation, opportunities and Challenges”…

NEWS: New Zealand: Doctors Urge Alcohol Ban From Supermarkets

Selling wine and beer next to food ‘normalizes’ a dangerous drug that should be sold at specific outlets
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalized alcohol and and made buying it cheap and easy…

REPORT: South Korea: Biking Under Alcohol Influence

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of BUI and the associated risk factors in a representative Korean population. In conclusion, the prevalence of BUI was 12.1% and several associated risk factors for BUI were elucidated in this study.
The development of specific preventive strategies and educational programs aimed at deterring individuals at a high risk of engaging in BUI is expected to reduce the number of alcohol-related bicycle injuries…