Topic: Sustainable Development

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: USA: Senate to Support Major Tax Break for Big Alcohol

A majority of senators in the US are supporting a bill that can make excise tax relief permanent for alcohol producers and importers. Its good news for Big Alcohol and bad news for public health. Big alcohol is lobbying hard to make sure this tax relief is a permanent one. The bill has already gained support from 28 Democrats, 22 Republicans and one Independent as co-sponsors in the Senate, and 86 Republicans and 70 Democrats in the House…

BLOG: Alcohol Prohibition In Bihar: A Policy Analysis

This blog post summarizes a policy analysis of the positive and negative effects of alcohol prohibition in Bihar, India…

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: Italy: Alcohol Major Risk Through Life-course

The Higher Health Institute (ISS) reports youth and older people are most at risk for alcohol harm. Overall 8.6 million Italians are at risk users of alcohol. According to the report, 68,000 alcohol dependent people have been taken into treatment and the most at-risk individuals are young people between the ages of 16 and 17 and older people between 65 and 75 years…

NEWS: Uganda: 11 Companies Violate Sachet Alcohol Ban

11 out of 26 alcohol producing companies have not yet complied with the Ugandan government’s ban on production and sale of alcohol in sachets.
The alcohol industry in Uganda has not only failed to fully comply with the alcohol sachet ban (production and sale), it also uses the opportunities to engage with the ministry of trade to lobby against evidence-based and WHO recommended alcohol policy measures (SAFER package), like the recently instituted alcohol tax…

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: 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…