Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Hypocrisy: Diageo Gathers Anti-DUI Pledges

In the latest hypocrisy, the global alcohol giant Diageo – which is part of causing alcohol deaths around the world – is collecting pledges against driving under the influence (DUI).
Diageo has teamed up with Formula 1 to collect more than 20 million consumer pledges to never drive while under the influence of alcohol, as part of its global “Join the Pact” campaign…

MEMBER NEWS: ADIC Sri Lanka Launches Youth Action Network

ADIC Sri Lanka, a member organization of IOGT International, has launched the Youth Action Network Sri Lanka (YAN Sri Lanka) as their youth wing. YAN Sri Lanka is a youth-led network for young people, by young people, to promote development of youth through, alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention.
YAN Sri Lanka is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual youth network. These young leaders work with other youth at the grassroots level towards alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention through activism in various fields such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention, democracy, human rights, and gender equality…

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…

NEWS: India: Women’s Alcohol Use Rising

According to a survey done in Delhi, more Indian women are consuming more alcohol. The survey was conducted by the Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD) among 5,000 women aged between 18 to 70 years in Delhi…

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…

NEWS: Trade: UK Pushes Myanmar to Weaken Alcohol Control

The UK is changing its trade policy with Myanmar and pushing for more market liberalization including for alcohol. Importing alcohol is currently banned in the country…

NEWS: Philippines: Wine Industry Rails Against Alcohol Tax

The wine industry is opposing the proposed alcohol taxes by the Philippine government claiming the measure to be “excessive”. The taxes are set to fund the universal healthcare programme of the country. But MPs have warned industry lobbyists against painting a false picture of the proposed alcohol tax increase, adding that it would instead help the funding gap in the Universal Health Care program implementation…

NEWS: India Likely to Miss Health-Related SDGs

India is behind on reaching the health-related SDGs and is likely to miss them by 2030. Insufficient health spending is one of the main reasons according to the government’s auditor. Alcohol harm is burdening Indian society with massive costs and poses a serious obstacle to sustainable development…

NEWS: WHO Launches Global Leaders NCDs Coalition

The President of Uruguay and WHO will be launching a ‘Coalition of Heads of State and Government for the prevention and control of NCDs and the promotion of mental health and well-being’ on 25 September 2019 at the United Nations in New York City on the occasion of the UN SDG Summit.
The coalition promises new momentum also alcohol policy formulation and implementation and awareness campaigns on alcohol harm…