Tagged: Alcohol Policy

2017 WHO Global Conference on NCDs

World Health Organization (WHO) is organizing the “Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs” to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment…

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…

NEWS: Turkey: New Plan To Tackle NCDs Burden

Turkey is facing a growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Not only do they cause 86% of all deaths in the country, but – most worryingly – the probability of dying prematurely (before the age of 70 years) from NCDs in Turkey is 18%. This means that nearly 1 in every 5 adults dies too early, due to a chronic disease or their risk factors.
To strengthen the prevention and control of NCDs, the Turkish Ministry of Health developed the Multisectoral action plan of Turkey for noncommunicable diseases 2017–2025…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Alcohol Tax Hike Unfolds Effects

An alcohol taxation increase, introduced by the government two years ago to curb alcohol-related harm, is showing its effects, as – for example – beer producers report shrinking profits.
Sri Lanka’s Lion Brewery Plc, reported a 315 million rupee profit in the June 2017 quarter helped by 600 million rupee insurance receipt while revenues fell and gross profits shrank after alcohol tax hikes in Sri Lanka are unfolding their effects…

NEWS: Myanmar: Plans To Increase Special Goods Tax

The Ministry of Planning and Finance, the Office of the Attorney General of Myanmar (OAG) and the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Joint Bill Committee are in deliberations over new draft rules to enact the Special Goods Tax Law.
The Special Goods Tax Law, which was enacted on January 25, 2016, aims to levy taxes on liquor, beer, wine and cigarettes, which are already taxed under the Commercial Tax Law…

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”…

NEWS: UK: Rise In Alcohol-Fueled Air Traffic Misconduct Arrests

Arrests of passengers suspected of being alcohol inebriated at UK airports and on flights have risen by 50% in a year, a BBC Panorama investigation shows. According to British police data obtained by the BBC, 387 intoxicated people were arrested in U.K. airports between February 2016 and February 2017; the comparable figure for 2015-2016 was 255 arrests…

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…