Topic: Democracy

NEWS: Uganda: Loans for Youth Empowerment Reduce Alcohol Use

A new study has found youth alcohol use has decreased in Uganda along with loans given to empower youth through the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP). According to the report, the programme contributed to a 4% increase in job creation in Uganda and alcohol consumption among the youth decreased by 10%…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Rise Takes First Hurdle

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means has approved and advanced to the plenary the bill on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol, as part of the priority tax reforms under the Duterte administration…

BLOG: Contemplations from Egypt: Ancient Wisdom For 21st Century Drug Policy

In this blog post, Tunga reflects about the discussions (and those that were NOT taking place) at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3), which he attended for IOGT International in Cairo, Egypt. His contemplations merge ancient Chinese wisdom about health into the 21st century debate about alcohol and other drug policy and control…

NEWS: Week #32 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
For week 32, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Special Feature #1: Alcohol taxation for universal health coverage: the case of the Philippines…
Special Feature #2: Members news from Sri Lanka where ADIC was launched a groundbreaking training course for young journalists…
Alcohol policy updates come from Sydney, the Baltics, the United States and the growing “sober curious” movement…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol and diabetes, recovery from opioids, as well as alcohol and the global oral health crisis…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry interference in Australia and AB InBev’s dirty business in Delhi, India…

NEWS: Philippines: Bill to Ban Alcohol Use in Public Spaces

The chairman of the House of Representatives’ committee on health has filed a bill proposing to ban alcohol use in public spaces. Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan’s House Bill 3047 prohibits, the selling, serving, and consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages in all streets, pathways, plazas, alleys, sidewalks, parks, and parking areas…

MEMBER NEWS: Elvina’s Story About SummerLEAHP Impact

One the participants at summerLEAHP 2019 was Elvina Majiwa, from Kenya and the Daystar University in Nairobi, where she is also the chairperson of the Daystar Care and Compassion Centre (DC3).
On return home, Elvina gave a remarkable interview about her experience at summerLEAHP 2019. We are sharing a few of her reflections here…

NEWS: The Case for Alcohol Tax: Funding Health Care

As the 18th Congress commences deliberations of the so called priority tax bills – including alcohol taxation – leaders in both Congressional chambers are adamant to increase the alcohol tax in order to continue promoting health for all in the Philippines.
Two major reasons why alcohol taxation matters for Health for All: In the deliberations about the measures, two major reasons for alcohol taxation have emerged…

MEMBER NEWS: ADIC Sri Lanka: Training Young Journalists

ADIC is running a ground-breaking course for young journalists. The first training of the two-month course gathered 25 young journalists to empower them to address issues of alcohol and other drugs in their journalistic work.
Read about the host of topics covered from corporate literacy to the real effects of alcohol and other drugs…

NEWS: USA: 1 Million Recovered From Opioid Use Disorder

According to a new study an estimated 1.2 million Americans have achieved long-term recovery from opioid use disorder. In the study, researchers from Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital analyzed data from the 2017 National Recovery Survey, of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults who reported resolving an opioid issue…

NEWS: Australia Exposed: Big Alcohol Calls Shots on Health Policy

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) released the analysis “Alcohol industry fingerprints: Analysis of modifications to the National Alcohol Strategy (NAS)” which confirms the NAS has been undermined after consultation with the alcohol industry. The analysis comes after a recent ABC investigation revealed the NAS, which was presented to the States and Territories for approval early this year, includes significant pro-alcohol modifications…