Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: Germany: Increase in Addictions

According to the the epidemiological addiction survey 2018, in Germany, taking painkillers and cannabis use is increasing. Comparatively smoking cigarettes and alcohol use is going down, but is still one of the highest in the region. Nearly 14% of respondents were dependent on at least one substance. Projected to the population, this is equivalent to 7 million out of 50 million 18- to 64-year-olds…

NEWS: Botswana: NCDs Reach Epidemic Level

Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane has warned NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) are reaching epidemic levels and called for renewed strategies in the fight to prevent and control them. The Vice President made the remarks in a speech at the inaugural meeting of the National AIDS and Health Promotion Council (NAHPC)…

NEWS: Ethiopia Battles Khat, Alcohol Addiction

Ethiopia is battling khat and alcohol addiction. Khat which is commonly used in the country is understood to be an initiation drug for alcohol. Legally, khat is banned in many countries, although chewing khat is still commonplace in Ethiopia and the wider Horn of Africa region…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Industry Expects Sales Growth

The alcohol industry is expecting a sales growth after the reduction in sales due to water shortages, liquor free elections and floods. According to reports sales growth of beer and spirits fell by a third in April-June this year to 5% and 2% compared to the previous corresponding period…

NEWS: New Zealand: Justice Minister Plans Alcohol Law Review

Justice Minister Andrew Little is concerned about the alcohol industry overpowering local alcohol laws and says he wants a review of the laws soon. The Alcohol Sale and Supply Act was passed in 2012 in New Zealand. But, as IOGT International reported earlier, this was a watered down version from the The 2010 Law Commission report, “Alcohol in Our Lives: Curbing the Harm” which laid out 153 recommendations for reducing the harm of alcohol to society…

NEWS: Prague: Alcohol-Fueled Tourism Strains Residents’ Lives

Residents’ lives in Czechia’s capital Prague is increasingly strained under a rising tide of visitors that increasingly disturb the peace with so called pub crawls. In 2000, 2.62 million tourists visited Prague. This number has skyrocketed to just under 8 million in 2018. The tourists are attracted by Prague’s stunning baroque and gothic architecture – and easily available cheap beer. ..

MEMBER NEWS: IOGT-NTO: World Water Week Helps Greenwash Big Alcohol

IOGT-NTO has issued letters to the organizers of World Water Week in Stockholm criticizing the presence of major alcohol companies at the event. In the letters, IOGT-NTO criticizes that World Water Week helps Big Alcohol to greenwash its image, despite apparent conflicts of interest and appalling Human Rights abuses of the alcohol companies involved…

NEWS: Week #34 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

WORLDWIDE WEEKLY ALCOHOL POLICY, SCIENCE, INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and insights into Big Alcohol revelations…
For week 34, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from the UK, Japan, Sweden and France…
Fresh science updates are about trajectories in alcohol problems based on early adolescent alcohol use, and young women’s narrative on sex in the context of heavy alcohol use…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry attempts to dismantle the Norwegian alcohol policy model, how Big Alcohol targets college students in the US, and how AB InBev circumvents the ban in New Delhi…

NEWS: US Elections: Candidate Unveils Plan for Mental Health

South Bend Mayor and candidate for the Democratic Nomination to become President of the United States, Pete Buttigieg released a plan to expand mental health care services and fight addiction, with the goal of preventing 1 million deaths over the next nine years…

NEWS: Japan: Alcohol Tax Hike to Address Debt

Consumption tax is set to rise to 10% from the current 8% by October 1, 2019 in Japan. This tax hike is applied to alcohol as well. The tax hike will not affect food in general and several other products but will affect alcohol, dining out and commuter passes among others…