Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Iceland Lowers Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The Icelandic parliament Althingi unanimously approved new traffic laws. Decreases in blood alcohol levels are among the adopted changes.
The maximum permissible amount of blood alcohol concentration in a driver will be reduced from .05 to .02 BAC. It is stated that there is a definite policy of the authorities that alcohol and driving motor vehicles do not coincide…

NEWS: USA: Link between Binge Alcohol Use and Prescription Drugs Misuse

A new study by the CDC reports more than 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge alcohol use. People who binged on alcohol were nearly twice as likely to misuse prescription opioids as abstainers…

MEMBER NEWS: India: Healthy India Alliance Calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol Harm

The Healthy India Alliance, including several Indian member organizations of IOGT International, has issued an urgent call for multi-sectoral alcohol policy action in India to tackle the heavy burden of alcohol harm…

NEWS: WHO: 5 Conditions for Health Equity

A new set of strategic policies and practical tools will help European governments accelerate progress towards ensuring that everyone has the ability to lead a healthy life and to prosper within as little as five years. This is the main theme under discussion at the first-ever WHO European High-level Conference on Health Equity, hosted by the Government of Slovenia in Ljubljana…

REPORT: Tanzania: High-density of Alcohol Outlets and Advertising Affect Youth Alcohol Consumption

Findings revealed a high density of alcohol-selling outlets and outdoor advertisements. The abundance of alcohol-related cues, including their close proximity to places where youth congregate, may facilitate and increase adolescent alcohol use in Tanzania.
Participants recommended several changes to the alcohol environment to reduce adolescent alcohol use.
Structural interventions that reduce adolescents’ access and exposure to alcohol are needed in Tanzania…

NEWS: Vietnam: Big Alcohol Lobby Destroys Alcohol Law

New concerns have emerged about unethical lobbying practices of the alcohol industry. There are reports that some lawmakers had traveled abroad at the invitation of alcohol companies before the bill came up for discussion. And the alcohol industry appears to be successful in these aggressive and unethical lobbying efforts, as provision after provision is deleted from the draft alcohol law that is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. Vietnam, Asia’s third-largest beer consumer after China and Japan, has seen beer volumes climb by an average 6.6% for the last six years compared to an increase of “just” 0.2% for consumption globally…

NEWS: New Zealand: Big Alcohol Fails in Schools

Big Alcohol has admitted their programme “Smashed” aimed at alcohol prevention for school kids has not yielded results. The theatre programme “Smashed” has been used in about 30 countries and is currently being piloted in Auckland schools. The plan is to roll it out across the country…

NEWS: Africa: Massive Funding Gap to Reach SDGs

Africa is facing a massive funding gap to reach the SDGs by 2030 as per a report by the SDG Centre for Africa (SDGC/A). According to the report, titled “Africa 2030: Sustainable Development Goals Three-Year Reality Check”, African countries will need to raise over $500 billion in additional funding every year to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030…

NEWS: Lithuania: Kids’ Protection from Alcohol Marketing Improved

The Lithuanian parliament has adopted amendments to the country’s Law on Alcohol Control banning production and retail of food products, beverages, toys and other goods for children if their design imitates alcoholic drinks…