Topic: Policy

NEWS: Study: Germany Has an Alcohol Problem

Germany has an alcohol problem. The country remains one of the most-addicted societies in the world, according to a new study released by the German Central Office for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen, DHS). And alcohol addiction is not the only dimension of alcohol harm that is affecting people, families and society in Germany…

NEWS: Australia: CEOs, Law Makers Are Biggest Alcohol Users

CEOs, general managers and legislators are the highest in alcohol use according to job category in Australia. Despite a 2.9% decrease since 2017, people in these jobs consume the most alcohol, where 77.9% reported having alcohol within the last week.
This is raising concerns about cognitive dissonance and unwillingness to understand and tackle the real effects of alcohol…

REPORT: Alcohol Intoxication and Support for Restrictive Alcohol Policies in Music Festivals

The results indicate that participants at music festivals in Sweden have high levels of alcohol intoxication and largely support restrictive alcohol policies. Thus, there is both a need and support for the implementation of alcohol prevention strategies at festivals…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Amazon To Hire Alcohol Lobbyist

The online retail giant Amazon is looking to hire an alcohol business policy and lobbying expert. This suggests Amazon is planning to expand further into online retail alcohol sale.Currently Amazon dominates general online retail in USA and has expanded into grocery business and food delivery. Selling spirits has long been in the sights of the company, only limited due to the state and local laws governing alcohol sale…

NEWS: South Africa: Calls For Alcohol Minimum Unit Price

About half of South Africans who use alcohol consume it in heavy amounts. While there is no safe limit for alcohol use, WHO has rated South Africa among the three worst countries concerning pattern of alcohol consumption. Annual per capita alcohol use is a staggering 30 liters among alcohol users and 65% of alcohol users between 15 and 19 years of age are binge using alcohol. The majority of them consume cheap alcohol. A new study reveals the best way to break this vicious cycle is introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol…

NEWS: Cambodia: Plans to Regulate Alcohol Ads

The Ministry of Commerce of Cambodia met with the Supreme Consultative Council to discuss introducing a sub-decree to regulate advertising of alcoholic products.The sub-decree aims to minimize the negative effects on society of alcohol advertising. The meeting focused on the negative impacts of alcohol ads to Cambodians and the necessity of a sub-decree…

NEWS: India: Largest Democracy Goes Sober on Election Day

India will ban alcohol sales during the upcoming election days in celebration of democracy. The election commission will institute the ban on alcohol sales 48 hours ahead of closing the polls in the voting constituency and on May 23, 2019 which is counting day. Instituting alcohol-free days and periods is common in India, for example regarding the celebration of festivals, on national holidays such as Gandhi Jayanthi and Independence Day as well as on religious festival days. Such alcohol bans are implemented either locally, state-wide or nation-wide…

NEWS: Influencers Called Out for Alcohol Promotion Without Disclosure

Prominent social media infleuncers are being called out for not disclosing alcohol promotion content. The tactic of advertising alcohol on social media is sly and lucrative as its uneasy to track, which poses significant harm to viewers. A VicHealth study found that 75% of Australia’s top 70 influencers, promoted alcohol and fewer than 25% disclosed they were being paid for the alcohol promotions…

NEWS: Australia: Pro Sports Expose Kids to Avalanche of Alcohol Ads

A new study sheds light on the extent AFL and NRL popularity is used to market alcohol brands to children. Almost all of men’s AFL and NRL clubs were found to accept money from Big Alcohol for advertising. 17 of 18 men’s AFL clubs and 15 of 16 official men’s NRL clubs were found to accept money from the Alcohol Industry. In AFL clubs, the Geelong Cats are on the top of the ladder with three major and one minor alcohol advertising deals. In NRL clubs the North Queensland Cowboys are on top of the ladder with four major and one minor alcohol advertising deals…