Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: How AB InBev Circumvents New Delhi Ban

New Delhi  city government has very recently banned AB InBev from selling its beer for three years. But now, AB InBev has quickly launched a non-alcoholic beer which is going to be available in Delhi markets despite the ongoing ban. AB InBev has found a way to circumvent the ban on selling their products.
Tasting and looking very similar to its alcohol beer, the new non-alcoholic product is not only introduced in New Delhi but also in the state of Gujarat, where any alcohol consumption is prohibited.
This new alcohol-free beer is AB InBev’s way of staying in the New Delhi market with its brand Budweiser (even though it also says “0.0 non-alcoholic” on the labels) and to continue to build brand relations with customers that currently are abstainers and have no taste for beer…

NEWS: Week #33 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Content for week 33:
Alcohol policy updates come from the Philippines (alcohol taxation), Kenya (burden of addictive substances and behaviors), Myanmar (rising mental health problem), Denmark (rising youth alcohol use) and New Zealand (10 years of government failure in alcohol policy)…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol policy and initmate partner homicides as well as effective components of adolescent mental health programs…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes beer giants’ turf war in South Africa (and other countries)…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Nils writes about the alcohol problem of the Norwegian Oil Fund, and Tunga writes about his contemplations from Egypt and the African Union meeting on drug policy and health…

NEWS: South Africa: Turf War Between Beer Giants

Heineken is gearing up to increase their share and loosen AB InBev’s grip of the South African Beer market in the ongoing turf war. AB InBev currently dominates the South African Beer market accounting for 88% of South Africa’s beer volumes and 86% of beer value. To compete with AB InBev, Heineken is gearing up. Recently Heineken invested in its Sedibeng brewery near Johannesburg…

NEWS: Uganda: Loans for Youth Empowerment Reduce Alcohol Use

A new study has found youth alcohol use has decreased in Uganda along with loans given to empower youth through the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP). According to the report, the programme contributed to a 4% increase in job creation in Uganda and alcohol consumption among the youth decreased by 10%…

BLOG: The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Has An Alcohol Problem

On a wall in Uganda you will now find a painting of the Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, saying “When you drink more, I earn more”. In this blog post Nils explains why and how he is working to end the hypocrisy of Norway investing massively in Big Alcohol while at the same time promoting the SDGs…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax Rise Takes First Hurdle

The House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means has approved and advanced to the plenary the bill on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol, as part of the priority tax reforms under the Duterte administration…

BLOG: Contemplations from Egypt: Ancient Wisdom For 21st Century Drug Policy

In this blog post, Tunga reflects about the discussions (and those that were NOT taking place) at the Third Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control (STC-HPDC-3), which he attended for IOGT International in Cairo, Egypt. His contemplations merge ancient Chinese wisdom about health into the 21st century debate about alcohol and other drug policy and control…

NEWS: New Zealand: 10 Year Government Alcohol Policy Failure

It is 10 years since the NZ Law Commission reviewed the alcohol laws in New Zealand. Yet the recommendations from the review have been ignored by successive governments over the decade.This 10 year government alcohol policy failure has led to drastic effects for New Zealand. Over the past 10 years, alcohol resulted in, 8000 premature deaths…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling Fuel School Drop-Out

The recent County Dialogues Report reveals drugs and gambling as leading causes for children dropping out of school in Kenya.
The report covers a range of causative factors for poor educational performance and kids dropping out of school in Kenya. These factors include alcohol, drug use and gambling…

NEWS: Week #32 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
For week 32, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Special Feature #1: Alcohol taxation for universal health coverage: the case of the Philippines…
Special Feature #2: Members news from Sri Lanka where ADIC was launched a groundbreaking training course for young journalists…
Alcohol policy updates come from Sydney, the Baltics, the United States and the growing “sober curious” movement…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol and diabetes, recovery from opioids, as well as alcohol and the global oral health crisis…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry interference in Australia and AB InBev’s dirty business in Delhi, India…