Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Ireland To Move Quickly on MUP

The Irish Minister of Health announced Ireland will move quickly to implement alcohol minimum unit pricing, following encouraging first data from Scotland. The Irish government has been motivated by positive results from Scotland since MUP was implemented a year ago…

REPORT: Effect of Alcohol on the Sense of Agency in Healthy Humans

The findings might have implications for social and legal responsibility related to alcohol use, particularly in states prior to overt intoxication. Further studies are necessary to investigate the effects of alcohol and other addictive substances on the Sense of Agency (SoA).

NEWS: Wales: MUP Delayed Until 2020

Plans to implement minimum unit price (MUP) in Wales have been delayed till at least 2020. An EU member has held up the process. MUP was supposed to come into effect this summer. Portugal intervened and issued a ‘detailed opinion’ on MUP in Wales, which is method used by used by member states to object to other EU country’s plans…

NEWS: Eastern Europe, Central Asia: WHO Urges to Limit Digital Marketing of Unhealthy Products

In a press conference, WHO urged countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children. The Russian version of the report “Monitoring and restricting the digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents” was launched on 27 May 2019…

NEWS: Big Alcohol and the Importance of Corporate Literacy in the 21st Century

An interview with IOGT International on Santa Fe Public Radio discusses the nine myths of the alcohol industry and how to immunize and protect people and communities from alcohol promotions.
They look at the influence of big industry on the larger culture that includes examining advertising that creates what they call an “alcohol norm” and targets children, to uncovering front lobbying groups that appear as “advocacy groups” on behalf of the consumer, yet are driven by industry incentives and funding…

NEWS: Alcohol Production Degrades Farmland

The Metropolitan King County Proposed Ordinance 2018-0241 on updating development regulations for wineries, breweries and distilleries in King County, will degrade farmland and adversely affect the Sustainable Development Goals. According to Barbara Lau writing to the editor of The Seattle Times if passed, local farmlands will be degraded for the benefit of the alcohol industry…

NEWS: UK: Parents Want Alcohol Ads Restrictions

The majority of parents want alcohol advertising restrictions, according to a new survey in the UK.
Some 71% of parents want alcohol ads restricted on television.
And 71% also want restrictions of alcohol ads on social media and the internet, the YouGov poll for the Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA) shows.
More than half of parents (52%) think alcohol ads should not be seen by children under 18 at all.
67% of parents think alcohol advertising ‘normalises’ alcohol consumption for most people…

MEMBER NEWS: India: Healthy India Alliance Calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol Harm

The Healthy India Alliance, including several Indian member organizations of IOGT International, has issued an urgent call for multi-sectoral alcohol policy action in India to tackle the heavy burden of alcohol harm…

NEWS: Vietnam: Big Alcohol Lobby Destroys Alcohol Law

New concerns have emerged about unethical lobbying practices of the alcohol industry. There are reports that some lawmakers had traveled abroad at the invitation of alcohol companies before the bill came up for discussion. And the alcohol industry appears to be successful in these aggressive and unethical lobbying efforts, as provision after provision is deleted from the draft alcohol law that is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. Vietnam, Asia’s third-largest beer consumer after China and Japan, has seen beer volumes climb by an average 6.6% for the last six years compared to an increase of “just” 0.2% for consumption globally…

NEWS: Scotland: Kids Exposed to Pervasive Alcohol

Alcohol Focus Scotland is working with the Children’s Parliament to build support for the concept of an alcohol-free childhood for young people. A group of 9 to 11-year-old “investigators” have been working with Alcohol Focus Scotland and 100 of their peers in three Edinburgh primary schools…