Topic: Alcohol’s Harm To Others

NEWS: Bolivia: Alcohol Fuels Violence Against Women

Since January there has been 73 female homicides or “femicides” in Bolivia, this is the highest toll for this period in 6 years. This statistic is on top of the fact that Bolivia already has the highest femicide rate in South America. Alcohol is involved in 90% of reported cases of family violence…

NEWS: 10 Areas For Government Action On Alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights ten areas governments could work with to prevent and reduce alcohol harm. These 10 areas have been adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010, as countries agreed the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.
Each year 3 million lives are lost due to alcohol. The WHO global alcohol strategy seeks to improve the health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It is envisaged that the global strategy will promote and support local, regional and global actions to considerably reduce morbidity and mortality due to alcohol harm and the adverse social and economic consequences of alcohol.
The global strategy focuses on ten key areas of policy options and interventions at the national level…

NEWS: Australia: National Failure on Alcohol Policy Burdens Emergency Department

In 2015, the Australian government had launched a consultation about a new national alcohol policy. Five years and many preventable alcohol-related deaths later this policy is yet to be adopted in Australia. Public health advocates are disappointed in the latest draft as it does not address alcohol harm adequately.
Meanwhile, delays and failures in national alcohol policy are contributing to overload in emergency departments across Australia…

NEWS: New Zealand: Government Falls Short in Response to Alcohol Harm

The government is failing in the face of alcohol harm in New Zealand. Mental Health experts of New Zealand are calling on the government to urgently address the alcohol problem in the country. According to the mental health addiction inquiry, alcohol incurs a cost of almost $8 billion a year, alcohol is implicated in one third of all suicides. But evidence-based, cost-effective alcohol policy best buys are available…

NEWS: UNODC: Global Homicide Study Highlights Role of Alcohol

The global homicide study of published by UNODC identifies alcohol and other drugs plays a role in homicides. In the Booklet 1 of the study which contains the Executive Summary, the following is stated, “Drugs and alcohol are linked to crime through three well-recognized mechanisms….”

NEWS: USA, Utah: DUI Crashes Down After BAC Limit Reduction

Utah introduced 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) limit when driving, and in the first quarter of 2019, Utah Highway Patrol stats show alcohol related road traffic accidents have decreased. 0.05% is the strictest BAC limit implemented within the US currently…

NEWS: Latvia: Parliament Decides to Lower Alcohol Tax

The Latvian parliament has passed the amendment to the excise tax law to reduce taxes by 15% for strong alcohol. It was passed with 51 votes against 31 and will come into effect on August 1, 2019 and remain effective till February 29, 2020…

NEWS: Week #27 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
A brand new World Bank Group report highlights the importance of and evidence for the role of alcohol taxation to help achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Content:
For week 27, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from India (concerning news), the United States (bad news) and Sri Lanka (encouraging news) and a story involving the rapper Snoop Dog.
Fresh science updates are from the United States (extent of alcohol’s harm to others) and from the UK (burden of alcohol on health services).
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes Coca Cola’s push into Big Alcohol, AB InBev’s tax avoidance in India and how trouble with its alcohol business compels Woolworths in Australia to get rid of the alcohol business…

NEWS: India: Rising Deaths Due to NCDs

A new research report has stated Non Communicable Disease (NCD) deaths have increased from 37.9% in 1990 to 61.8% in 2016. The report was titled “India: Health of the Nations State” and published by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Alcohol and tobacco use are among the main risk factors of NCDs…

NEWS: USA: Supreme Court Ruling Weakens State Alcohol Control

The U.S. supreme court has decided 7-2 to strike down a two-year residency requirement for anyone seeking an initial license to operate a liquor store in Tennessee. This ruling is further eroding the foundations for the three-tier alcohol control system in the United States and will make alcohol more available across the country, despite already rising alcohol harm…