Tagged: Affordability

NEWS: Study: Germany Has an Alcohol Problem

Germany has an alcohol problem. The country remains one of the most-addicted societies in the world, according to a new study released by the German Central Office for Addiction Issues (Deutsche Hauptstelle für Suchtfragen, DHS). And alcohol addiction is not the only dimension of alcohol harm that is affecting people, families and society in Germany…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Amazon To Hire Alcohol Lobbyist

The online retail giant Amazon is looking to hire an alcohol business policy and lobbying expert. This suggests Amazon is planning to expand further into online retail alcohol sale.Currently Amazon dominates general online retail in USA and has expanded into grocery business and food delivery. Selling spirits has long been in the sights of the company, only limited due to the state and local laws governing alcohol sale…

NEWS: South Africa: Calls For Alcohol Minimum Unit Price

About half of South Africans who use alcohol consume it in heavy amounts. While there is no safe limit for alcohol use, WHO has rated South Africa among the three worst countries concerning pattern of alcohol consumption. Annual per capita alcohol use is a staggering 30 liters among alcohol users and 65% of alcohol users between 15 and 19 years of age are binge using alcohol. The majority of them consume cheap alcohol. A new study reveals the best way to break this vicious cycle is introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol…

NEWS: Canada: Extended Alcohol Sale Hours Could Increase Health Risks

The Toronto City Council voted in favor of a motion which allows restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks starting at 9 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, two hours sooner than what is currently permitted. A report authored by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has warned on the health risks associated with alcohol use that could increase due to extended hours of sale…

NEWS: Ethiopia: Alcohol Ads Ban Effective In May

A ban on any broadcast media advertisement on alcoholic drinks, from 6:00 AM in the morning to 9:00 PM in the evening, will start to take effect starting May 29th 2019. The Ethiopian parliament introduced a bill called the “Food and Medicine Administration Proclamation” in February 2019. The bill also introduced the legal age for alcohol consumption as 21 years…

NEWS: Financing Development Report ’19 Includes Alcohol Tax

The United Nations (UN) Task Force on Financing for Development recently released the Financing for Sustainable Development Report (FSDR). The report warns mobilizing sufficient financing is still a major challenge for realizing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) put forth in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Alcohol was only included in the best practices example of Chile and misses the opportunity address alcohol taxation more substantially…

REPORT: Fatal Traumatic Brain Injuries Comparative to Alcohol Tax and Consumption

In this population-based study, the researchers report that during 13 years of successive alcohol tax increases, overall alcohol consumption has decreased in parallel with a reduction in the incidence rate of fatal traumatic brain injuries in Finland…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Uzbekistan Case for Investing in NCD Prevention

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors, including alcohol, are an increasing public health and development challenge in Uzbekistan.
This report provides evidence through three analyses that NCDs reduce economic output and discusses potential options in response, outlining details of their relative returns on investment. An economic burden analysis shows that economic losses from NCDs (direct and indirect costs) make up 9.3 trillion sum, which is equivalent to 4.7% of gross domestic product in 2016. An intervention costing analysis provides an estimate of the funding required to implement a set of policy interventions for prevention and clinical interventions. A cost–benefit analysis compares these implementation costs with the estimated health gains and identifies which policy packages would give the greatest returns on investment…

NEWS: Oman: Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Increase

A royal decree has been issued to tax 100% for alcohol and tobacco and several health-harmful food and drinks. Sultan Qaboos bin Said took the decision following similar moves by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar. This excise tax is applies to goods that are deemed harmful to public health and the environment. It is a result of a 2016 tax agreement by the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council. In addition to promoting healthy living the tax is used as a way to boost revenue with the aim of using those funds for beneficial public health services…