Blog Archive

Since 2011, our Global Voices have produced more than 400 thought-provoking and opinionated blog articles – covering a diverse range of topics. Some blog articles are short, some are longer, some address specific issues and countries and others take up global trends. All of them are worth reading, for the insight they provide. Find them here…

Don’t Poison My Rights

A powerful blog post that takes issue with a popular hashtag.
Brenda explores why and how the fight for female empowerment and against Big Alcohol abusing feminism can and must become more inclusive, coherent and conscious of the needs of all affected women and girls…

The Oppressive Alcohol Norm And The Freedom To Not Use Alcohol

The current alcohol norm is oppressive. The alcohol culture in Sweden doesn’t reflect people’s real preferences and wishes, but only those of the alcohol industry and a small minority of influential people.
This is a groundbreaking blog post that dissects the Swedish alcohol norm, provides solid evidence and data and discusses positive solutions.
How to achieve freedom for the many to enjoy social life free from pressure to engage in behaviour many, many people do not actually like or want to engage in? Lucas’ latest blog post explores reasons and possibilities for making possible the freedom for the many to participate in social life in exactly the way people truly choose to and feel content with…

Big Alcohol Betting Big Bucks On Super Bowl

Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s largest beer producer, controlling every third bottle of beer sold in the world. AB InBev keeps making headlines with gigantic investments in alcohol promotions during major sports events, like the Fifa World Cup, the Super Bowl and other tournaments with global viewerships. This aggressive investment in brand promotion must be understood in direct connection to the beer giant’s performance on the stock markets and its ability to make shareholders happy. Here’s how it works…

Our 2018 Best Nine And The Stories They Tell

Choosing nine out of 266 Instagram posts means to leave out crucial events, brilliant people and beautiful moments. And as I scrolled through our posts I felt tremendous happiness about our work, thankfulness for all the dedication, and pride for the impact our work had in 2018. It’s breathtaking to see, remember and be part of it…

Who? Us? We Don’t Have A Problem!

A thoughtful blog about how parents’ alcohol problems might affect their children, how mental health problems travel through generations and about how to overcome those issues.
“The best I can do is to be vigilant but not interfering and be there for my sons when they need me. I was not the best example for them when they were growing up and I can’t undo that, but I can provide an example now…”

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…

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…

First World Cup 2018 Games Reveal Fifa Hypocrisy

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is in full swing, again. It is the world’s biggest sporting event. Reaching over 3.2 billion television viewers, the quadrennial World Cup is the most watched live sporting event globally. And so, Fifa’s hypocrisy is on full display, again, too.
Two examples after the first weekend of match play clearly expose Fifa’s profit interest from alcohol sponsorship contradicting the core values the organization claims to embrace…

The Promise Of Back-To-Back High-Level UN Meetings On Health Topics

The parallel processes of preparation for and follow-up on both high-level meetings could lead to an elevation of global health as a central issue for world leaders in years to come, if we use the opportunity wisely. Interventions to prevent and reduce alcohol harm provide an excellent lesson: What IOGT International’s three core strategies show is that there are very real and evidence-based ways to link the conversations, communities and commitments for ending TB as well as NCDs…

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