Topic: Research

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Tax Not Not Covering Society’s Alcohol Costs

According to a new study, alcohol taxes in the USA don’t come close to covering society’s costs due to pervasive alcohol harm. While profits are pocketed by a few Big Alcohol business executives and shareholders, the costs of massive alcohol harm are externalized and socialized for the public to pay for.
The study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found the total harm caused by alcohol use is a whopping $2.05 per unit of alcohol in the United States, and, of this, the government ends up paying about 80 cents per unit of alcohol. However, the federal government and states only bring in about 21 cents per unit of alcohol on average in alcohol taxes…

REPORT: Do Alcohol Taxes Cover Alcohol-Related Costs in USA?

Specific excise taxes account for one fifth of state alcohol taxes in the 32 license states; but even considering all tax types, total alcohol taxes account for only one tenth of alcohol-related costs…

REPORT: A Digital Intervention Addressing Alcohol Use Problems

Clinically significant reductions in alcohol use were found, as well as reduced alcohol risk (AUDIT–C) and days out of role. Importantly, improved alcohol-related outcomes were found for both hazardous or harmful and probably dependent alcohol users…

REPORT: Intimate Partner Violence and Material Hardship Among Urban Mothers

The study found that women who experienced Intimate Partner Violence are substantially more likely to experience material hardship, even after controlling for a comprehensive set of static and time-varying characteristics, including material hardship at the prior wave and individual fixed effects…

NEWS: WHO Illustrates Europe’s Alcohol Problem

A recent WHO report shows that rates of alcohol consumption in Europe have not dropped as expected, even though all countries have signed the European Action Plan to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol 2012–2020. According to the “Status report on alcohol consumption, harm and policy responses in 30 European countries 2019” there was no statistically significant decline in total alcohol per capita consumption between 2010 and 2016 and the observed decreases in heavy episodic alcohol use seem to have come to a halt…

REPORT: Life Course Health Consequences and Associated Annual Costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Millions of adults across Europe and north America live with a legacy of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Our findings suggest that a 10% reduction in ACE prevalence could equate to annual savings of 3 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) or $105 billion. Programmes to prevent ACEs and moderate their effects are available. Rebalancing expenditure towards ensuring safe and nurturing childhoods would be economically beneficial and relieve pressures on health-care systems…

REPORT: Implementing the European Action Plan on Alcohol

8 years after the adoption of the WHO European Action Plan on Alcohol (EAPA), the region has the highest prevalence of alcohol users, heavy episodic alcohol use, alcohol consumption per capita, and the lowest proportion of abstainers, compared with other WHO regions…

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…

REPORT: Improving the Delivery of Brief Interventions for Heavy Alcohol Use in Primary Health Care

The EU-funded ODHIN trial tested eight strategies to promote screening and brief interventions for risky alcohol use in primary health care units in Catalonia in Spain, England, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden – an important attempt to find how best to bridge the gap between the numbers who might benefit from these interventions and those who actually receive them…