Tagged: WHO Global Alcohol Strategy

NEWS: Malawi: Minister Launches New National Alcohol Policy

On August 18, 2017, almost ten years after initial attempts the Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi, finally launched the new national alcohol policy. The new National Alcohol Policy for Malawi has been in the making since 2008, when a group of NGOs concerned about the pervasive alcohol harm in the communities initiated the process…

NEWS: PAHO: New Technical Note On Alcohol Marketing

Countries can improve public health by regulating the marketing of alcoholic beverages to reduce its consumption and related harms, and the Pan American Health Organization has developed new principles for countries to consider in developing these regulations…

NEWS: EU: Local Leaders Demand Alcohol Strategy

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) has called for the European Union to establish a new alcohol strategy and to improve labelling, increase efforts to protect children, target binge alcohol use, and encourage the use of car locks to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol…

BLOG: The Curious Case Of All The New Guidelines

A curious case has emerged as both in the United States and United Kingdom new guidelines on “healthy behaviour” were issued recently. The curious case of all the new guidelines. One opinion piece this week ran with the headline: “We need the truth about alcohol…” That is spot on. But what has unfolded in public debate concerning the new guidelines is often far from the truth…

BLOG: Zimbabweans Need Urgent Action Against Tide Of Alcohol Harm

Zimbabweans need urgent action against the tide of alcohol harm that has accelerated since alerts in 2002 and poses today a major obstacle to development. Lobbyism of the alcohol industry needs to be reigned in, in order to expose their tactics and exclude them from public policy making, so that the draft alcohol policy can be amended and reflect WHO standards…

NEWS: The Americas: 1st Alcohol Status Report

The first Regional Status Report on Alcohol and Health in the Americas was released today by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). The report warns that alcohol use and harm have increased in the Americas over a five-year period and recommends measures to limit availability, restrict marketing, and raise prices of alcohol by increasing taxes…

NEWS: France: Big Alcohol Defeats Child Rights

A decades-old law preventing product placement of alcoholic beverages in France could soon be repealed, Health Minister Marisol Touraine warned on Tuesday, adding that the country was in “denial” about levels of alcohol harm…

BLOG: Keeping Track: Alcohol Regulation In South Africa

The South African alcohol policy situation will see a paradigm shift with the implementation of uniform alcohol regulations across the country. These will include: liquor traders ensuring that they do not sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 and verifying people’s age by asking for IDs, shorter trading hours than previously allowed, as well as prohibiting the sale of alcohol to already intoxicated persons. This is not all, alongside the proposed alcohol advertising ban plans are underway to also increase the alcohol minimum purchasing age to 21 years…