Topic: Sustainable Development

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Harm Will Rise Unless Policy Action Is Taken

Public health organizations in the United Kingdom warn that the country will continue on an “alarming trajectory” of alcohol-related ill health and deaths unless the government prioritizes policy action to tackle the issue.
A letter from the British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal Colleges argues that the government lacks strategic focus in dealing with alcohol harm. The lack of strategic alcohol policy focus fuels alcohol deaths…

NEWS: India: Liquor Sales Fall Due to Alcohol-Free Election

Indian alcohol summer sales growth has slowed for beer by 2% and for spirits by 1% comparative to last years sales growth due to alcohol restrictions in election months. According to Global Data, last year in the peak summer months sales grew by 7% for beer and 3% for spirits. Comparatively this year sales growth has reduced by 5% for beer and 2% for spirits in the same time period…

NEWS: New York: Heineken Fined for Trade Violations

The New York State Liquor Authority finalized a $1.25 million settlement agreement with Heineken USA Incorporated for 42 violations of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control law.
This fine comes just 3 months after Heineken USA agreed to pay the largest offer in compromise ever — $2.5 million — to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for trade practice violations…

NEWS: New Zealand: Demand for Alcohol Policy Amid Addiction Crisis

Psychiatrists are calling for wide-ranging restrictions on alcohol, saying alcohol harm remains the most pervasive addiction problem in New Zealand. The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has thrown its support behind a call by The New Zealand Medical Journal for strengthening of alcohol regulations to reduce the negative impact of alcohol on New Zealanders’ mental health and wellbeing…

NEWS: West Africa: Experts Deliberate Alcohol Policy

A three-day workshop aimed at strengthening the capacity of national agencies to regulate food and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages was conducted in Accra. The theme for the workshop was “Towards strengthening regional capacity in regulation for improved nutrition and health in West Africa.”…

NEWS: Bolivia: Alcohol Fuels Violence Against Women

Since January there has been 73 female homicides or “femicides” in Bolivia, this is the highest toll for this period in 6 years. This statistic is on top of the fact that Bolivia already has the highest femicide rate in South America. Alcohol is involved in 90% of reported cases of family violence…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Reflecting on Public Health Progress

Member states will be reflecting on public health progress of past 10 years and set health priorities for Europe at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC69). On 16–19 September 2019, health ministers and high-level representatives of the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region, along with partner organizations and civil society, will gather for the RC69 in Copenhagen, Denmark… 

NEWS: 10 Areas For Government Action On Alcohol

The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights ten areas governments could work with to prevent and reduce alcohol harm. These 10 areas have been adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2010, as countries agreed the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.
Each year 3 million lives are lost due to alcohol. The WHO global alcohol strategy seeks to improve the health and social outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It is envisaged that the global strategy will promote and support local, regional and global actions to considerably reduce morbidity and mortality due to alcohol harm and the adverse social and economic consequences of alcohol.
The global strategy focuses on ten key areas of policy options and interventions at the national level…

NEWS: Australia: National Failure on Alcohol Policy Burdens Emergency Department

In 2015, the Australian government had launched a consultation about a new national alcohol policy. Five years and many preventable alcohol-related deaths later this policy is yet to be adopted in Australia. Public health advocates are disappointed in the latest draft as it does not address alcohol harm adequately.
Meanwhile, delays and failures in national alcohol policy are contributing to overload in emergency departments across Australia…