Topic: Social Justice

NEWS: 10 Areas For Government Action On Alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights ten areas governments could work with to prevent and reduce alcohol harm. These 10 areas have been adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010, as countries agreed the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.
Each year 3 million lives are lost due to alcohol. The WHO global alcohol strategy seeks to improve the health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It is envisaged that the global strategy will promote and support local, regional and global actions to considerably reduce morbidity and mortality due to alcohol harm and the adverse social and economic consequences of alcohol.
The global strategy focuses on ten key areas of policy options and interventions at the national level…

NEWS: Australia: National Failure on Alcohol Policy Burdens Emergency Department

In 2015, the Australian government had launched a consultation about a new national alcohol policy. Five years and many preventable alcohol-related deaths later this policy is yet to be adopted in Australia. Public health advocates are disappointed in the latest draft as it does not address alcohol harm adequately.
Meanwhile, delays and failures in national alcohol policy are contributing to overload in emergency departments across Australia…

NEWS: Sustainable Development Needs Fundamental Governance Changes

Global civil society report assesses structural obstacles and institutional gaps in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Four years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda the world is off-track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Most governments have failed to turn the transformational vision of the 2030 Agenda into real transformational policies…

NEWS: UNODC: Global Homicide Study Highlights Role of Alcohol

The global homicide study of published by UNODC identifies alcohol and other drugs plays a role in homicides. In the Booklet 1 of the study which contains the Executive Summary, the following is stated, “Drugs and alcohol are linked to crime through three well-recognized mechanisms….”

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: USA, Utah: DUI Crashes Down After BAC Limit Reduction

Utah introduced 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) limit when driving, and in the first quarter of 2019, Utah Highway Patrol stats show alcohol related road traffic accidents have decreased. 0.05% is the strictest BAC limit implemented within the US currently…

NEWS: Finland: Alcohol Tax Increase Is Coming

The Finnish government plans to introduce the increases in alcohol and soft drink taxes laid out in the government programme in full as early as next year. The increases which will be introduced in a front loaded manner are expected to generate additional tax revenues of 50 million euro from alcohol…

NEWS: Netflix to Reduce On-Screen Smoking

Netflix has pledged to reduce the number of occasions where actors use tobacco products in its original programmes. This was after a study suggested that smoking on the streaming service’s programmes had contributed to a rise in on-screen smoking more widely…

NEWS: Latvia: Health Ministry Proposes Alcohol Ads Ban

In a new draft national alcohol strategy, the Latvian Health Ministry outlines plans to completely ban alcohol advertisements on television, radio and the internet, as well as restricting advertising of alcohol discounts. The draft action plan to reduce alcohol harm also proposes action to limit the availability of alcoholic beverages and tighter controls, for example by prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages at service stations among other provisions…

NEWS: Ireland: Explaining Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing

The Public Health (Alcohol) Act was adopted in October 2018 with a timeline outlining when different sections would commence over the coming few years. It contains a number of progressive alcohol policy measures, among others MUP, advertising regulations and labelling rpovisions.
Driven by the positive results of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) in Scotland, Ireland will be introducing MUP as soon as possible…