Topic: Sustainable Development

REPORT: Global Alcohol Exposure Between 1990 – 2017 And Forecasts Until 2030

Between 1990 and 2017, global adult per-capita consumption increased from 5·9 L to 6·5 L, and is forecasted to reach 7·6 L by 2030. Globally, the prevalence of lifetime abstinence decreased from 46% in 1990 to 43% in 2017, while the prevalence of current alcohol use increased from 45% in 1990 to 47% in 2017.
The researchers forecast both trends to continue, with abstinence decreasing to 40% by 2030 and the proportion of current alcohol users increasing to 50% by 2030.
Based on these data, global goals for reducing the harmful use of alcohol are unlikely to be achieved, and known effective and cost-effective policy measures should be implemented to reduce alcohol exposure…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol Law Works

A new report from Kenya states, Kenyans consume the least amount of alcohol in sub-Saharan Africa. This is the result of alcohol regulation policies comprised in the so-called Mututho-Law, that Kenya has been implementing for many years.
The report called ‘Effect of Kenya’s Alcohol Regulation Policies’ shows that Kenyans consume 3.4 litres of alcohol per capita. This amount is three time less than the per capita alcohol consumption of people in Uganda and Tanzania. In neighboring Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda alcohol per capita consumption is at 9 liters or above…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Most Harmful Drug

A new study has revealed alcohol was the number one drug causing Australians to seek professional help. Accordingly, the four most common drugs that led Australians to ask for help were alcohol (34%), amphetamines or ‘ice’ (25%), cannabis (21%) and heroin (5%)…

NEWS: Poland: Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Hike Generates 1 Billion Zloty

The increase in excise tax in 2020 will earn for the government, PLN 353 million from alcohol and PLN 579 million from tobacco products, dried tobacco and so-called innovative products.According to the APK – part of the Multiyear Financial Plan of the State presented for the years 2019-2022 – the Ministry of Finance will raise excise tax by 3% for alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, dried tobacco and innovative products…

NEWS: Rwanda: Tackle Alcohol as Obstacle to Development

In Rwanda, alcohol is becoming a mounting burden, affecting the daily life of people as well as society. The harm is even greater for youth with alcohol affecting their education and overall well-being.Recent WHO data shows that in Rwanda there is a 7% prevalence of alcohol use disorder and a 2.5% prevalence of alcohol dependence…

NEWS: Poland: Government Plans to Raise Alcohol Tax

The Polish government has unveiled plans to increase the excise tax on alcohol next year. The designed tax increase was announced in a strategic document, the Multi-year State Financial Plan for the years 2019-2022. The plan was recently published by the country’s Ministry of Finance…

NEWS: Kenya: Government Action Against Illicit Alcohol

The Kenyan government will intensify crackdown on counterfeit and substandard alcoholic beverages. This action is in response to the public health crisis caused by heavy illicit alcohol use among low income groups. an estimated 6 million Kenyans were consuming substandard alcoholic beverages. Poverty, ignorance about health hazards and poor enforcement of regulation was cited as causes for high use of illicit alcohol…

NEWS: Ukraine Prepares for NCD Risk Factor Analysis

Ukraine is planning to conduct its first nationwide survey to assess the prevalence of the risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including tobacco and alcohol use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy dietary habits. The survey will follow WHO-recommended STEPwise approach to surveillance (STEPS), a representative study on risk factors of major NCDs…

NEWS: Scotland: Improved Health since Alcohol MUP

A year since the introduction of minimum unit price on alcohol Scotland is showing promising effects in improvement of health. The National Post reports health outcomes are improving and a comprehensive analysis of the effectiveness will come out in June.Scotland introduced the minimum unit price of 50p on alcohol last year. The government aims to keep this price under review and increase it if necessary in the coming years…