Topic: Democracy

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…

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: Canada: Calls for Better Alcohol Policy

Health experts in Canada are calling for better alcohol control policy to curb the growing alcohol harm in the country, specially on women. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), issued an alcohol policy framework outlining the current problematic trends of alcohol use specifically in terms of advertising, increased consumption by women and alcohol related violence…

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: Russia: Alcohol Control Policy Works

A new report by WHO finds that alcohol consumption in Russia has fallen by 43% since 2003. This decrease has led to a historic peak in life expectancy of Russians. The report, “Alcohol policy impact case study: the effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation”, shows that total per capita alcohol consumption has been declining since 2003 and dropped by 43% until 2016 – with a 40% decline in recorded consumption and a 48% decline in unrecorded consumption… 

NEWS: Scotland: MUP Cuts Alcohol Use Substantially

A new study reports that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol implemented in Scotland is substantially cutting alcohol use within the country. Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce MUP at 50 pence per unit of alcohol. This was a hard won gain for public health over Big Alcohol interests. Now the results of this study by BMJ shows the policy is working even better than expected…

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…

NEWS: Uganda: Cabinet Approves Alcohol Control Policy

The cabinet of Uganda has approved the alcohol control policy which aims to reduce alcohol harm in the country by controlling consumption. The new policy aims to reduce alcohol harm through the following, increasing public awareness, enhancing capacity for prevention and strengthening regulation on production, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of all alcohol beverages…

NEWS: WHO Launches SDG3 Global Action Plan

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All to push forward the SDG 3 on achieving good health for all. This action plan brings together 12 multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…