Topic: Human Rights

NEWS: Youth: Shifting Image of Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

A new study reports youth in Finland and Australia are shifting to an alcohol-free lifestyle. The study found they are using similar mechanisms in maintaining their abstention and to manage the potential exclusion by peers who use alcohol. Youth who are choosing to live alcohol-free manage the possible stigma and social exclusion that comes from their choice not simply by hiding their abstention, but also actively redefining social situations and practices…

NEWS: UK: Sharp Rise in Suicide and other Mental Health Problems

Leading economist warns about the rise of deaths due to suicide, and alcohol and other drug abuse. These health issues are now causing more death in middle aged people than heart disease.
Sir Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist along with Anne Case and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), conducted an analysis on suicide, alcohol related illnesses and drug abuse or what they term ‘deaths of despair’. They found these health issues are on the rise in the UK similar to the trend seen in the U.S…

NEWS: WHO Europe: New Alcohol Country Fact Sheets

The WHO Europe launched 30 new fact sheets for EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. The fact sheets present data on consumption, harm and policy implementation for the year 2016, aiming to give guidance to national decision-makers for further priority-setting in the field of alcohol and public health…

NEWS: Czechia: Plans for Alcohol Tax Increase

The Czech Finance Ministry plans to increase taxes on addiction industries including alcohol. The increased tax will boost tax revenue for the government by 10 billion crowns in 2020.The proposed tax increases will be for hard liquor (approximately 13% higher), cigarettes (a 10% increase), sports betting (2%) and lotteries and similar games (7%). However, beer and wine would be unaffected by the tax increases…

NEWS: Italy: Alcohol Major Risk Through Life-course

The Higher Health Institute (ISS) reports youth and older people are most at risk for alcohol harm. Overall 8.6 million Italians are at risk users of alcohol. According to the report, 68,000 alcohol dependent people have been taken into treatment and the most at-risk individuals are young people between the ages of 16 and 17 and older people between 65 and 75 years…

NEWS: Germany: Alcohol Harm Rising in Older People

In Germany, alcohol harm for older people is on the rise. Over a decade from 2007 to 2017 the number of older people between 65 to 84 years treated for acute alcohol intoxication increased by two thirds.The Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH) reports more than 355,500 older people over 65 years suffer due to alcohol harm. The increase in acute alcohol intoxication was even higher for men. Among the 70 to 74-year-olds, it was around 95% and among the 80- to 84-year-olds more than double…

NEWS: Australia: Kids Can’t Avoid Alcohol Ads

Kids are forcefully exposed to alcohol ads everywhere in Australia because of weak alcohol marketing regulation. Reportedly, kids see these ads in school buses, in front of primary schools and before children’s videos on Youtube. A report found almost two-thirds of complaints made to the AARB over the past seven years had raised concerns about the placement of alcohol marketing in Australia…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harm Costs More Than Entire Health Spending

A recent study reports, the burden of alcohol in India cost the economy more than what the government spends on health.The study has found that after adjusting for tax receipts from alcohol sale, the economic loss from adverse effects of alcohol consumption would touch about 1.45% of the gross domestic product (GDP). For comparison, the government’s annual expenditure on health is about 1.1% of the GDP.

NEWS: WHO: New Guidelines to Prevent Dementia

The WHO has launched new guidelines to prevent dementia. The guidelines promote adopting a healthy lifestyle to reduce dementia risk. Reducing alcohol use and tobacco use are two of the recommendations in the guidelines. WHO launched the new guidelines to counter the threat of a triple increase in dementia over the next 30 years. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year…

NEWS: UK: Pervasive Alcohol’s Harm to Others

A recent study found that one in five people in England were harmed by alcohol use of others. About 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression due to another’s alcohol use. The most common types of harm reported were being kept awake of worrying of another’s behaviour in social situations. However, nearly 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression – being physically threatened or hurt – or being pressurised into something sexual…