Topic: Human Rights

NEWS: Big Alcohol Ads Expenditure Fuels Underage Alcohol Use

New research has found Big Alcohol ads expenditure links to and fuels underage alcohol use.
Gentile and colleagues found in their recent study that overall levels of alcohol industry advertising expenditure were strong predictions of adolescents’ beer brand awareness, preferences, use, and brand loyalty.
For example, 99% of middle school and high school students surveyed for the study had heard of Budweiser and Bud Light — the top spender on advertising — and 44% said they had used the brand…

NEWS: Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

The Week #47 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains alcohol policy updates about Finland and alcohol harm in workplaces, South Korea and new alcohol marketing regulation, Wales and the scheduled introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing, Ireland and new alcohol advertising bans, and latest initiatives to research health promotion taxation. Fresh science updates are about: New data on alcohol use and harm in OECD countries, a compelling analysis of the costs of alcohol in Sweden, analysis of the burden of “deaths of despair” in the United States, as well as an exploration of the impact of parental alcohol use on children. The Big Alcohol monitor exposes: Diageo’s strategy for market domination in India, why Big Alcohol opposes road safety measures in India, why a major Dutch bank has completely divested from the alcohol industry, and that Big Alcohol belongs to the top plastic polluters in the world. On our Global Voices Blog Portal, Kalle writes about new EU rules and what they mean for alcohol retail monopolies in Scandinavia. And in Upcoming events we alert you about GAPC 2020, and summerLEAHP 2020…

NEWS: Pernod Ricard Exposed: Harmful Alcohol Norm at Work

A member of Pernod Ricard’s sales team took the firm to labor courts due to being made ill from alcohol use under pressure from the company. The court proceedings have exposed a harmful alcohol norm at work within Pernod Ricard. Staff have been coming forward since the case opened with how the company pressures employees to consume alcohol to the point of health harm…

NEWS: Netherlands: ASN Bank Completely Divests from Big Alcohol

Dutch Bank ASN and ASN investment funds no longer invest money from customers in companies that produce alcoholic beverages. The shares and loans from ASN are now alcohol-free. ASN’s divestment from the alcohol industry is complete and comprises the beer, wine and liquor industries. In anticipation of its plans to divest from Big Alcohol, ASN Investment Funds recently sold its investments in French beverage producer Pernod Ricard. ASN also decided to divest from retail stores selling alcohol, at least if the alcohol turnover exceeds 10% of the total turnover…

NEWS: Sweden: Youth Stay Drug-Free Longer

A new report from the Central Association for Alcohol and Drug Information (CAN) has found that youth in Sweden stay drug-free longer. According to the report, over the last 20 years the number of youth who use alcohol, cannabis or other drugs before the age of 14 has dropped significantly…

MEMBER NEWS: UNF: Ranking Best Counties for Swedish Youth

UNF, the Swedish Youth Temperance Association, has released its latest report ranking the best counties in Sweden for young people to live and grow up in. Overall, 223 of 290 municipalities participated in the survey, which means a response rate of 77%. That is an increase compared to the previous year. 126 counties – or 56% – are found to be inadequate. 97 counties – 43% – are ranked as decent and 17 counties are graded as good – 7.6%).
n the new report, UNF makes 5 recommendations to leaders in the counties across Sweden, to improve the quality of leisure time activities and environments and to help increase young people’s chances to shape their own communities…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Tequila Maker Uses Insta Stories to Sell

An emerging tactic by Big Alcohol is spotted from tequila maker Patrón’s strategy to use Insta story ads to sell their product. With this, Patrón is the first liquor brand to allow ordering directly through Instagram, according to Adweek reporting.
The new feature allows users to directly buy liquor by swiping up on ads in Patrón’s Instagram stories. Users can place orders that are delivered via third-party platforms …

NEWS: Ireland: Alcohol Ads Near Schools Banned

Alcohol ads near schools are now banned in Ireland according to new legislation.
New laws to protect the Irish public from alcohol advertising come into effect in Ireland on November 12, 2019. The measures include a ban on outdoor alcohol ads, such as on public transport and around schools and playgrounds. Alcohol adverts on children’s clothing and in cinemas for films suitable for under 18s will also be banned…

NEWS: Urgent Call for Human Rights Guidance on Diets, Food Systems

180 leaders in global health and developed joined to make an urgent call for human rights guidance on diets and food systems on Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, and Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights…