Topic: Sustainable Development

MEMBER NEWS: Elvina’s Story About SummerLEAHP Impact

One the participants at summerLEAHP 2019 was Elvina Majiwa, from Kenya and the Daystar University in Nairobi, where she is also the chairperson of the Daystar Care and Compassion Centre (DC3).
On return home, Elvina gave a remarkable interview about her experience at summerLEAHP 2019. We are sharing a few of her reflections here…

NEWS: Myanmar: Rising Mental Health Issues Linked to Alcohol

There is an increase in the number of mental health patients seeking treatment in hospitals in Myanmar. Most of the cases reported are related to alcohol consumption.
The data come from Ministry of Health and Sports’ report about latest development during the previous three years. According to an official of the Ministry of Health and Sports: The number of hospitalized patients increased from over 36,000 in 2012 to over 86,000 in 2017 and the root cause is alcohol consumption. Alcohol addiction increased around 2.5 fold, from 2013 to 2018…

NEWS: The Case for Alcohol Tax: Funding Health Care

As the 18th Congress commences deliberations of the so called priority tax bills – including alcohol taxation – leaders in both Congressional chambers are adamant to increase the alcohol tax in order to continue promoting health for all in the Philippines.
Two major reasons why alcohol taxation matters for Health for All: In the deliberations about the measures, two major reasons for alcohol taxation have emerged…

NEWS: Alcohol Education Critical Part of Effective Mental Health Program

Alcohol and other drug education emerges as one of three key components in an effective adolescent mental health program. Results from a meta-analysis published in Pediatrics demonstrated the efficacy of universally delivered interventions in improving adolescent mental health and reducing risk behavior…

NEWS: Delhi City Gov. Rejects AB InBev Plea

Authorities in New Delhi have rejected a plea by AB InBev to temporarily lift a 3-year ban while it hears the global beer giant’s appeal against the tax evasion charges. SABMiller – later purchased by and merged with AB InBev in 2016 for around $100 billion – used duplicate barcodes on beer bottles supplied to retailers that year, allowing it to evade alcohol taxation. AB InBev was then barred from selling its products in the critical New Delhi market for the alleged tax evasion…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Tax to Fund Free Health Care

The House of Representatives of Philippines plans to pass an act on increasing and restructuring the excise tax rates on alcohol as one of its priority legislative measures, along with the proposed national budget, before congress goes on break on October 5th. The legislation is part of plans on financing a free health care programme for all…

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Baltics: The Beer Tax War

The alcohol tax war has led Latvia to cut alcohol taxes following Estonia’s move in slashing 25% of the alcohol tax. However, in the border town Valka-Valga the reduced taxes have had no impact on business. According to the alcohol industry itself, the Estonian tax cuts did not have any negative impact on the Latvian alcohol sales even before Latvia also reduced their taxes…

REPORT: Recovery from Opioid Problems in the US Population

An estimated 1.2 million American adults report resolving an opioid problem. Given the service use outcomes and longer-term problem resolution of mid-recovery OPI, early-recovery OPI may require encouragement to utilize additional or more intensive services to achieve longer-term recovery. OPI beyond recovery-year 1 may need enhanced support to address deficient self-esteem and promote well-being…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Undermines Health Policy-Making

An ABC investigation found pro-alcohol modifications to a ‘consultation draft’ of the National Alcohol Strategy suggest the policy making process has been infiltrated by Big Alcohol. The ABC report also questions Health Minister Greg Hunt’s decision to yield to pressure and involve the alcohol industry in finalising the strategy…