Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: Week #20 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

WORLDWIDE WEEKLY ALCOHOL POLICY, SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to our weekly carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and Big Alcohol monitoring as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices…

NEWS: UK: Sharp Rise in Suicide and other Mental Health Problems

Leading economist warns about the rise of deaths due to suicide, and alcohol and other drug abuse. These health issues are now causing more death in middle aged people than heart disease.
Sir Angus Deaton, a Nobel Prize-winning economist along with Anne Case and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), conducted an analysis on suicide, alcohol related illnesses and drug abuse or what they term ‘deaths of despair’. They found these health issues are on the rise in the UK similar to the trend seen in the U.S…

NEWS: WHO Europe: New Alcohol Country Fact Sheets

The WHO Europe launched 30 new fact sheets for EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. The fact sheets present data on consumption, harm and policy implementation for the year 2016, aiming to give guidance to national decision-makers for further priority-setting in the field of alcohol and public health…

NEWS: Czechia: Plans for Alcohol Tax Increase

The Czech Finance Ministry plans to increase taxes on addiction industries including alcohol. The increased tax will boost tax revenue for the government by 10 billion crowns in 2020.The proposed tax increases will be for hard liquor (approximately 13% higher), cigarettes (a 10% increase), sports betting (2%) and lotteries and similar games (7%). However, beer and wine would be unaffected by the tax increases…

NEWS: WHO: New Guidelines to Prevent Dementia

The WHO has launched new guidelines to prevent dementia. The guidelines promote adopting a healthy lifestyle to reduce dementia risk. Reducing alcohol use and tobacco use are two of the recommendations in the guidelines. WHO launched the new guidelines to counter the threat of a triple increase in dementia over the next 30 years. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year…

REPORT: How Should We Talk about Alcohol and Risk?

The clarity and accuracy of public health messaging on alcohol lags behind that for tobacco and other drugs. The analysis by Hydes and colleagues offers a novel way of communicating the risks of alcohol consumption to the public. By comparing drinking with smoking, they leverage the hard-won successes of anti-tobacco campaigners in creating a deep public awareness of the links between cigarettes and cancer…

NEWS: UK: Pervasive Alcohol’s Harm to Others

A recent study found that one in five people in England were harmed by alcohol use of others. About 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression due to another’s alcohol use. The most common types of harm reported were being kept awake of worrying of another’s behaviour in social situations. However, nearly 1 in 20 people reported experiencing aggression – being physically threatened or hurt – or being pressurised into something sexual…

NEWS: Week #19 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

WORLDWIDE WEEKLY ALCOHOL POLICY, SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to our weekly carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and Big Alcohol monitoring as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices…

NEWS: New York Launches First Recovery Tax in USA

Recovery advocates rejoice as New York launches the country’s first ever tax credit for employers hiring people in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. Legislative leaders aim to boost employment and reduce stigma with the new Recovery Tax Credit Program. It was included as part of the New York state budget with $2 million allocated per year, for employers recruiting people who are in recovery…

NEWS: Global Alcohol Use Rising, Policy Goals out of Reach

A news study published by the Lancet reveals, global alcohol consumption has increased over the past 3 decades. The study warns the world will fail to achieve the global targets to reduce alcohol use and recommends immediate action. Globally, alcohol intake increased from 5.9 litres pure alcohol a year per adult in 1990, to 6.5 litres in 2017, and is predicted to increase further to 7.6 litres by 2030…