Topic: Research

REPORT: Cost-Effectiveness of a Combined Classroom Curriculum and Parental Intervention

STAMPP was relatively low cost and reduced heavy episodic alcohol use. STAMPP was not associated with any clear public sector cost savings, but neither did it increase them or lead to any cost-shifting within the public sector categories. Further research is required to establish if the cost-effectiveness of STAMPP is sustained in the long term…

NEWS: Week #27 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
A brand new World Bank Group report highlights the importance of and evidence for the role of alcohol taxation to help achieve Universal Health Coverage.
Content:
For week 27, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from India (concerning news), the United States (bad news) and Sri Lanka (encouraging news) and a story involving the rapper Snoop Dog.
Fresh science updates are from the United States (extent of alcohol’s harm to others) and from the UK (burden of alcohol on health services).
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes Coca Cola’s push into Big Alcohol, AB InBev’s tax avoidance in India and how trouble with its alcohol business compels Woolworths in Australia to get rid of the alcohol business…

NEWS: India: 160 Million Alcohol Users

Alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by cannabis and opioids, according to new findings from the national household survey conducted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in 2018. In a population of more than one billion inhabitants, this is still a low number of alcohol use prevalence, but it is rising and per capita use among alcohol consumers is worryingly high…

Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said over 16 crore (160 million) people in the country consume alcohol, around 3.1 crore use Cannabis and about 77 lakh people take opioids. More than 5.7 crore alcohol users, 72 lakh cannabis users and about 77 lakh opioid users are addicted and need help, according to the minister, per reports from the Business Standard…

NEWS: Australia: 21 Big Alcohol Self-Regulation Failures

The Alcohol Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) in Australia is the self regulating measure by the alcohol and advertising industries. The code marked its 21st year in action on 4th of July 2019. Writer Hannah Pierce compiles a list of 21 times the ABAC has failed to regulate alcohol ads and been exposed…

NEWS: World Bank: Alcohol Taxes for UHC

A new World Bank Group report entitled “High-Performance Health Financing for Universal Health Coverage – Driving Sustainable, Inclusive Growth in the 21st Century” clearly highlights the important role of alcohol (and other health promotion) taxation for achieving universal health coverage (UHC)…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol’s Harm to Others Affects Millions

A new study reports, in America, the harms of alcohol impact 1 in 5 adults other than the alcohol user. The study found that in 2015, an estimated 53 million adults – or nearly 1 in 5 – said they had experienced at least one harm attributable to someone else’s alcohol use in the past year. That harm ranged from property damage to physical injury…

NEWS: Week #26 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, exposing Big Alcohol, and a new blog post from our global voices.
For week 26, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Zimbabwe, the UK, the United States, Ireland and Northern Europe and cover road safety issues, economic harm, alcohol and cancer, minimum unit pricing and alcohol taxation issues.
Fresh science updates explores alcohol’s effects on agency, a content analysis of alcohol being depicted TV, and the role of students’ assumptions about their peers’ alcohol use for their own alcohol consumption.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry lobbying for massive deregulation in the United States, a troubled partnership of DryJuly with Big Alcohol and Major League Soccer opening the floodgates for alcohol promotions.
From our Global Voices Blog Portal, Viktor makes the case for why we need a new public health agenda…

REPORT: Alcohol Complicates Multimorbidity in Older Adults

Authors Duncan Stewart, senior lecturer in addictive behaviours and public health,  and Jim McCambridge, professor of addictive behaviours and public health, write on complications to multimorbidity due to alcohol in the editorial. They state attention to alcohol should be integral to routine care…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Better Support Needed to Speed Up Decline in Youth Alcohol Use

A new report by WHO Europe calls for better monitoring and support for implementing evidence-based policies to accelerate progress on reducing youth and binge alcohol use in the WHO European Region…

NEWS: UK: Staggering Costs of Alcohol at Workplace

A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) reports, In the UK, as many as 89,000 people may be turning up to work hungover or under the influence of alcohol every day. The cost to the economy is up to £1.4 billion a year due to this reason…