Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Belgium: 2020 Alcohol Ban in Central Brussels

Belgium’s capital Brussels is set to implement an alcohol ban in public space in the city center, starting 2020. Consuming alcohol at night in central Brussels will be banned from February 1st 2020 for a test period of 6 months. he new policy measure is intended to reduce and prevent fights and disruption of public order fueled by alcohol…

NEWS: Australia: Senate Inquiry into FASD

The Senate of Australia has opened an inquiry into foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The aim of the inquiry which opened in September 2019 is to find effective prevention and diagnosis strategies for FASD. According to Anne Russell from the Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association believes FASD needs more national focus…

NEWS: Norway: New Development Strategy Tackles NCDs

Norway has launched a new international development strategy which tackles non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Norway is the first country to launch a strategy aimed at tackling ‘lifestyle’ diseases as part of their international aid work. Over 200 million Norwegian Krone (about £17 million) will be offered as international development assistance to help low and middle income countries tackle NCDs including cancer, obesity and diabetes…

NEWS: Why Big Alcohol Opposes Road Safety in India

India’s Supreme Court ruled to ban the sale of liquor in proximity to major roads to reduce the number of deaths caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol – a massive problem across India. But major global alcohol companies oppose(d) the road safety measure…

NEWS: Wales Parliament: Introduce MUP in 2020

The Welsh Parliament will be introducing minimum unit pricing (MUP) from 2020 after it was passed through the National Assembly. According to the new legislation alcohol can not be sold below the minimum price of 50p. Scotland was the first country in the world to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol in 2018…

MEMBER NEWS: UNF: Ranking Best Counties for Swedish Youth

UNF, the Swedish Youth Temperance Association, has released its latest report ranking the best counties in Sweden for young people to live and grow up in. Overall, 223 of 290 municipalities participated in the survey, which means a response rate of 77%. That is an increase compared to the previous year. 126 counties – or 56% – are found to be inadequate. 97 counties – 43% – are ranked as decent and 17 counties are graded as good – 7.6%).
n the new report, UNF makes 5 recommendations to leaders in the counties across Sweden, to improve the quality of leisure time activities and environments and to help increase young people’s chances to shape their own communities…

NEWS: Urgent Call for Human Rights Guidance on Diets, Food Systems

180 leaders in global health and developed joined to make an urgent call for human rights guidance on diets and food systems on Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…

NEWS: France: Flavored Wine Tax Approved by the Senate

French MPs have approved creation of a higher tax for wines with extra flavouring. These include widely available Rosé Pamplemousse or White Pêche wines. Accordingly these wines can be taxed at the higher level of €3 per decilter of alcohol, which will add around €1.50 to the cost of a 75cl bottle…

NEWS: Ireland: Alcohol Ads Near Schools to Be Banned

Ireland will be banning alcohol ads near schools and tightening alcohol advertising controls. As part of the phased out implementation of of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, Ireland will be, banning alcohol ads within 200 metres of schools, crèches and local authority playgrounds, outlaw alcohol ads on buses, trains, at bus stops and train stations…

REPORT: Corporate Profits versus Spending on Non-Communicable Disease Prevention

Policy makers should acknowledge that, although tighter state intervention constrains short-term preferences (commonly decried as government over-reach or nanny-statism), measures to reduce tobacco addiction, alcohol use, and consumption of unhealthy foods are widely popular; they align with people’s longer-term preferences for long and healthy lives and increase net welfare through health gains…