Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Asia: Alarming Rise in Alcohol Use

A new landmark scientific study shows that alcohol use is rising across much of the Asia region. Even heavy episodic (binge) alcohol use has increased significantly in China, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, according to new research.
An aggressive and systematic push of multinational alcohol corporations into the countries of Asia means that Asians are increasingly likely to use alcohol and to consume alcohol to inebriation and intoxication, at least once a month, according to new data published in The Lancet medical journal…

NEWS: Week #23 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.
This week we feature not one, but two new resources. Scroll down to find a brand new booklet about alcohol and NCDs. And check out below our fresh new world map of alcohol industry interference and the mapping of Big Alcohol and its global lobbying front group.
For week 23, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from South Korea, Bhutan, Estonia, and Northern Ireland.
Fresh science updates about alcohol taxation in the EU and about the mental health of medical doctors in the UK.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes a raging beer war in Vietnam, marketing tactics to hook young people, and self-regulation failure in the EU…

NEWS: Vietnam: Beer War Unfolds As Country Discusses Alcohol Law

A beer war between Big Alcohol giant Heineken and local industry Sabeco is unfolding in Vietnam currently over the backdrop of new alcohol policy discussions.
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…

REPORT: New Zealand: Economic Harm of Employee Alcohol Use

The estimated annual average cost of lost productivity per employee was NZ$1097.71 (NZ$209.62 absenteeism, NZ$888.09 presenteeism) and NZ$134.62 per employer.
At a population level this equates to approximately NZ$1.65 billion per year.
The significant predictors of reduced workplace performance were being younger (less than 25 years), male, having a stressful job and consuming more than the recommended standard number of alcoholic drinks per session.
Considering absenteeism costs alone will substantially underestimate the total productivity loss associated with alcohol use. Designing and effectively targeting a set of multifaceted policies to engineer change at both the workplace and societal levels will assist in reducing the costs of lost productivity to due alcohol…

REPORT: US Federal State Alcohol Policies Protect against Alcohol’s Harm to Others

State alcohol policies may be effective in reducing, to a meaningful degree, aggression‐related harms and vehicular hazards due to other alcohol users, but mainly in those under 40…

REPORT: One in Three Medics Use Alcohol to Self-Medicate

Occupational distress and job factors increase the odds of doctors using substances, according to researchers from Birkbeck College and University College London, with alcohol frequently cited as one of those most used. Published in the British Medical Journal, the study aimed to assess the prevalence of health problems (including insomnia, binge eating, substance use and ill health) among UK doctors and to investigate whether occupational distress increases the risk of health problems…

NEWS: Bhutan: Easy Alcohol Availability Major Issue

According to a new report, easily accessible, cheap industrial alcohol is a major challenge for alcohol control in Bhutan. Currently, there is 1 alcohol outlet for every 177 Bhutanese in the country. The number of illegal outlets are also increasing. Bans exist for locally brewed alcohol and are strictly enforced, but the harm continues as industrial alcohol is available for cheap in many retail stores…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Targets Millennials With “Wellness” Products, Youth-Specific Marketing

Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to an alaysis of the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.
Millennials are showing trends of reducing or altogether stopping alcohol use. This is specifically true of beer. The trend is in line with millennials switching to a more healthy lifestyle overall. But the alcohol industry is gearing up to capitalize even on this trend – with “new” products and more youth-focused alcohol marketing…

MEMBER NEWS: Norway: IOGT Movement Campaigns against Pension Fund’s Alcohol Investments

IOGT movement in Norway is campaigning against the Norwegian Government Pension Fund commonly known as the Oil Fund’s investment in the alcohol industry. The campaign called “Oil Fund’s Alcohol Problem” is run by FORUT, IOGT Norway, Juvente and Blue Cross Norway. The main elements are advertisements painted on walls in Kampala, Uganda, in the same fashion as alcohol advertisements you find all over the African continent…

NEWS: Baltics: Alcohol Tax Race to the Bottom Unfolding

The Baltic region has begun a race to cut alcohol taxes. Sparked by the recent move by Estonia to slash alcohol taxes, neighboring Latvia and Finland are also considering tax reductions.
Cross-border trade is a serious concern in the close-knit Baltic region. Recently Estonia announced plans to cut its alcohol taxes, a move likely to have negative consequences for levels of alcohol harm in the country – but it appears to have sparked a race to the bottom across the region…