Topic: Policy

NEWS: Why Big Alcohol Opposes Road Safety in India

India’s Supreme Court ruled to ban the sale of liquor in proximity to major roads to reduce the number of deaths caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol – a massive problem across India. But major global alcohol companies oppose(d) the road safety measure…

NEWS: South Korea: Plans to Ban Celebrities from Alcohol Labels

South Korea may ban images of celebrities from alcoholic beverage labels as part of a broader effort to deglamorize alcohol use, the health ministry has announced.
The move will require changing an ordinance regulating advertisements in the National Health Promotion Act. The Ministry of Health and Welfare is working to ammend the legislation to better regulate alcohol marketing…

NEWS: OECD: Alcohol Use, Health Risks Overview

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its “Health at a Glance” review for 2019. The review shows that alcohol continues to be one of the main causes of preventable mortality in OECD countries together with ischaemic heart disease, road accidents and lung cancer. The OECD also found that unhealthy lifestyles – notably smoking, alcohol use and obesity – are the root cause of many chronic health conditions, cutting lives short and worsening quality of life…

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: The Massive Costs of Alcohol

The cost of alcohol use in Sweden amounts to SEK 103 billion, annually, according to new study contracted by Systembolaget, the government run alcohol retail monopoly in Sweden. This system has ensured alcohol consumption remains controlled and relatively low in the country. Despite this alcohol has a significant social cost in Sweden. Systembolaget commissioned Ramboll to calculate the socio-economic consequences of alcohol…

NEWS: Wales Parliament: Introduce MUP in 2020

The Welsh Parliament will be introducing minimum unit pricing (MUP) from 2020 after it was passed through the National Assembly. According to the new legislation alcohol can not be sold below the minimum price of 50p. Scotland was the first country in the world to bring in minimum unit pricing for alcohol in 2018…

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: 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…