Topic: Corporate Consumption Complex

REPORT: Current Developments in the Global Governance Arena: Where is Alcohol Headed?

In the public health field there is considerable concern over the implications of this positioning of TNACs in the global governance arena. The framings and activities used by the TNACs to position themselves as part of the solution to alcohol harm and the nature of the conflict of interests posed by their reliance on heavy alcohol use are issues which lead to questions regarding their positioning within the global health environment…

NEWS: Lithuania: Alcohol Law Improves Road Safety

According to a new study, the comprehensive alcohol control law in Lithuania is successfully decreasing alcohol consumption and related harms, such as improving road safety in the country…

BLOG: Who Will Be King?

Kristina analyzes the new partnership between the World Health Organization and Fifa about health promotion through football. She asks: Can FIFA be a force for good or is WHO surrendering its credibility and norm-setting role in alcohol prevention?
She explores the positive aspects of the partnership agreement, the risks and outlines her hopes for what the collaboration will mean for alcohol prevention in world football. In her critical assessments of Fifa’s role in promoting alcohol harm, she shares three expecations for this new deal…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Plain Packaging Threatens Industry Profits

Presumably plain packaging is going to threaten Big Alcohol profits. A report by Brand Finance says the alcohol industry could lose up to $430 billion if plain packaging were to be introduced for alcohol products.
If implemented plain packaging could have significant impact on public health. Brand awareness, recognition and loyalty are key factors in driving increased consumption. This is specially true for alcohol and is proven by research. Therefore, by introducing plain packaging and and driving down brand identity, consumption could be decreased, thereby reducing harm from  alcohol…

NEWS: Poland: Little Liquor Bottles, Massive Harm

Little liquor bottles, known as ‘monkeys’ have become extremely popular in Poland. The seemingly smaller containers are however fueling heavy alcohol use and related harms.

‘Monkeys’ are 100ml or 200ml bottles of hard liquor. These small containers are colorful, easy to transport and give consumers a false sense of control over their alcohol use. In 2017 there were 40 taste varieties of ‘monkeys’. It is estimated that 3 million people buy them in Poland on a daily basis. Yearly, over 1 billion ‘monkeys’ are sold…

NEWS: WHO Partners With FIFA

The World Health Organization (WHO) and world governing body of football FIFA has entered into a 4 year collaboration agreement to promote healthy lifestyle through football. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino signed the memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters…

NEWS: Ireland: Alcohol Ban Mulled Against Flight Rage

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has stated a complete alcohol ban is “absolutely on the table” to address flight rage. Recently alcohol fueled flight rage has been increasing. The number of reported air rage incidents on flights across Europe increased by a third between 2017 – 18…

NEWS: Kenya: CSOs Advocate for Health Promotion Taxes

The Kenyan Minister of finance announced in the budget speech a 15% tax hike on tobacco and alcohol. CSOs commend this move in an open letter to the President of Kenya and cite their concerns about alcohol and tobacco industry interference against the proposed health promotion tax increases…

NEWS: Japan: Rugby World Cup Boosts Beer Demand

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan. In anticipation of the event beer demand has increased across the country. Alcohol retailers across Japan are preparing for increased beer demand during the Rugby World Cup, clearly showign how the Heineken sponsorship of the event fuels demand and drives the beer giant’s profits.
The Dutch multinational beer giant Heineken owns the sponsorship rights to the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in cities across Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019…

NEWS: New Zealand: Liquor Fund-Raiser Put on Hold

The highly controversial and criticized liquor fund-raiser organized by New Zealand Labour MP Louisa Wall, in partnership with alcohol front group Spirits New Zealand has been postponed. “The Whisky & Gin” event was intended to raise funds for the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Many public health advocates condemned the event considering the known relationship between alcohol and cancer…