Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Study: Germany Has an Alcohol Problem

Germany has an alcohol problem. The country remains one of the most-addicted societies in the world, according to a new study released by the German Central Office for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen, DHS). And alcohol addiction is not the only dimension of alcohol harm that is affecting people, families and society in Germany…

NEWS: Cambodia: Plans to Regulate Alcohol Ads

The Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia met with the Supreme Consultative Council to discuss introducing a sub-decree to regulate advertising of alcoholic products.The sub-decree aims to minimize the negative effects on society of alcohol advertising. The meeting focused on the negative impacts of alcohol ads to Cambodians and the necessity of a sub-decree…

NEWS: India: Largest Democracy Goes Sober on Election Day

India will ban alcohol sales during the upcoming election days in celebration of democracy. The election commission will institute the ban on alcohol sales 48 hours ahead of closing the polls in the voting constituency and on May 23, 2019 which is counting day. Instituting alcohol-free days and periods is common in India, for example regarding the celebration of festivals, on national holidays such as Gandhi Jayanthi and Independence Day as well as on religious festival days. Such alcohol bans are implemented either locally, state-wide or nation-wide…

MEMBER NEWS: Swedish IOGT-NTO Movement Criticizes Pension Fund’s Investment in Cannabis Industry

IOGT-NTO has expressed their objection to the recent move by the Swedish Pension Fund AP7 investing in two of the world’s largest cannabis companies. Investment into the two cannabis companies have taken place in funds where about half the Swedish population has holdings. This move was done despite the AP funds’ ethics council recommendation for AP funds to exclude companies which manufacture cannabis products. The investment by AP7 is even more serious as it has transgressed their own ethics… 

NEWS: Patagonia Sues AB InBev

The outdoor apparel company Patagonia has sued AB InBev for similarities in the new beer line launched by AB InBev called ‘Patagonia Brewing Company’. AB InBev launched the product in Colorado, U.S. recently and Patagonia argues the product by AB InBev is purposefully meant to confuse consumers and take advantage of Patagonia’s over 40 years legacy. AB InBev is denying the allegation…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Calls for Stronger Action to Reduce NCD Deaths

WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 9–10 April 2019, focused on achieving the target 3.4 –  reducing premature deaths from NCDs – of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WHO “best buys” – targeted policy interventions aimed at reducing the burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – can be a game-changer for achieving target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…

NEWS: Cambodia: New Calls To Regulate Alcohol Ads

Cambodia Movement for Health (CMH) and lawyers call for laws regulating alcohol advertisements. This call comes amidst increase in youth alcohol consumption in the country.
According to CMH, alcohol companies spend large amounts of money on alcohol marketing. For example, the alcohol industry uses competitions which offer prizes such as money, cars, motorbikes, flight tickets, trips and beer. CMH says this encourages the public including youth and children to consume alcohol…

MEMBER NEWS: The Wellbeing Initiative Represented At Global NCDs Forum on Children and Youth

The Wellbeing Initiative, an IOGT International member organization was represented at the Global NCDs Forum on Children and Youth held on 25th and 26th of March 2019. The Wellbeing Initiative, an IOGT International member organization was represented at the Global NCDs Forum on Children and Youth held on 25th and 26th of March 2019…

MEMBER NEWS: Sweden: IOGT-NTO Launches Manifesto For EU Election

IOGT NTO’s goal is an EU that contributes to and empowers Member States to pursue evidence-based alcohol policy as well as creates opportunities for research, knowledge exchange and cooperation in order to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. These are IOGT-NTO’s 10 recommendations to achieve the goal of a healthier and more sustainable EU…