Topic: IOGT

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…

EVENT: summerLEAHP 2020

summerLEAHP 2020 is the second iteration of the world’s only international summer school for bright young minds interested in taking the lead in transforming student environments by addressing alcohol-related harm.
Providing a unique hub for youth leaders to develop and enhance their skills, knowledge and capacities in leadership, communication, and advocacy summerLEAHP empowers youth leaders to shape the norms and environments they study and live in to promote health, inclusion and opportunity for all.
summerLEAHP 2020 is a groundbreaking summer program driven by the students themselves in interactive sessions, facilitated by some of the world’s leading experts and activists in the fields of prevention, science, advocacy, communications, and leadership…

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…

BLOG: EU Rules Don’t Threaten Icelandic Alcohol Retail Monopoly

The Icelandic discussion of new EU rules as a threat to the ATVR alcohol retail monopoly is based on a misunderstanding and risks gravely undermining Icelandic public health outcomes, writes Kalle and illustrates how important alcohol retail monopolies are and that they are not at odds with the EU Geoblocking Directive, as some have claimed in Iceland…

NEWS: Thailand: Lent Alcohol-Free Campaign Saved B8bn

ThaiHealth and the Stop Drink Network – a member of IOGT International – conducted an alcohol-free campaign for the lent period. According to their data the campaign saved 8 billion bhat that would have been spent on alcohol. There are 22.5 million alcohol users in Thailand, according to a survey by the Centre of Alcohol Studies, the Research Centre for Social and Business Development (SAB), and ThaiHealth. Among them 15.9 million are men…

BLOG: The Long Journey To Alcohol Policy In Uganda

A compelling story about the journey to the recently adopted national alcohol policy in Uganda – one of the countries with the highest rates of alcohol consumption and related harm in the world.
It’s a story of inspiring civil society dedication and efforts. It’s a story of aggressive (and continuing) alcohol industry interference. It’s a story of trial and error, success and failure.
David chronicles a decade-long fight and looks into the future for alcohol control in Uganda…

NEWS: Canada: Case for Better Alcohol Policy

There is an urgent need for a strong federal alcohol policy in Canada to significantly reduce alcohol consumption, to curb related harm and to close the loopholes in the current policy.
As IOGT International is documenting, alcohol policy has been ignored for years by the federal government in Canada.
At the same time some provincial governments such as Ontario have even been weakening their alcohol control systems leading to increased harms. 
Evidence shows that alcohol is a much bigger problem in Canada than opioids and yet the response by the federal government for this crisis has been flawed…

BLOG: Examining The Magic Of Alcohol

The discussion about what is real and what is constructed about alcohol’s effects has received international attention recently, with a new study examining alcohol’s effects on empathy and moral judgement. It was good to read the critique by Viktor, of the ‘alcohol and morality’ experiment.
Prof Samarasinghe is submiting further observations and thought-provoking commentary…

PRESS RELEASE: Europe’s Alcohol Epidemic And What To Do About It

Brand new WHO Europe alcohol status report 2019 illustrates the high burden of alcohol across the region and that alcohol use and related harms are not declining at an acceptable rate. In response, IOGT International is calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy, for an updated and improved Action Plan on alcohol in the WHO European region, and for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control…