Tagged: Affordability

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Policy Changes Favor Big Alcohol

Sweeping the country are changes to alcohol laws on all levels that favor the profit interest of the alcohol industry and disregard adverse effects of easily available, cheap alcohol that is widely promoted without any public health considerations.
Alcohol harm is pervasive in the United States and is fueling the decline of life-expectancy documented in the last two years. However, alcohol industry lobbying power is also pervasive and so alcohol policy measures are being watered down, weakened and disbanded all-together leading to an increase in alcohol availability across the country…

NEWS: Ireland To Move Quickly on MUP

The Irish Minister of Health announced Ireland will move quickly to implement alcohol minimum unit pricing, following encouraging first data from Scotland. The Irish government has been motivated by positive results from Scotland since MUP was implemented a year ago…

NEWS: Week #25 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, exposing Big Alcohol, and new blog post about new tactics of the alcohol industry.
For week 25, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Scotland (with good news), Estonia (with bad news), the West coast of the United States (about alcohol’s adverse impact on local food production and biodiversity), Germany and France.
Fresh science updates cover the lack of awareness about alcohol and breast cancer and the relationship between parental attitudes and children’s alcohol use.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry interference in MUP in Wales, Amazon joining Big Alcohol in the United States…

NEWS: Wales: MUP Delayed Until 2020

Plans to implement minimum unit price (MUP) in Wales have been delayed till at least 2020. An EU member has held up the process. MUP was supposed to come into effect this summer. Portugal intervened and issued a ‘detailed opinion’ on MUP in Wales, which is method used by used by member states to object to other EU country’s plans…

NEWS: Scotland: Alcohol Sales at Lowest Level in 25 years

Alcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol, according to new government data.
In 2018, Scotland was finally able to introduce minimum pricing for all alcoholic drinks, after overcoming numerous of lawsuits of the alcohol industry.
Minimum unit pricing (MUP) means that in Scotland, supermarkets and other off-licence alcohol outlets are banned from selling cheap or discounted spirits, wine, beers and cider. Only online sales from suppliers outside Scotland are not affected.
Minimum pricing has meant the average cost per unit is higher in Scotland, at 59p compared to 55p in England and Wales…

NEWS: Big Alcohol and the Importance of Corporate Literacy in the 21st Century

An interview with IOGT International on Santa Fe Public Radio discusses the nine myths of the alcohol industry and how to immunize and protect people and communities from alcohol promotions.
They look at the influence of big industry on the larger culture that includes examining advertising that creates what they call an “alcohol norm” and targets children, to uncovering front lobbying groups that appear as “advocacy groups” on behalf of the consumer, yet are driven by industry incentives and funding…

NEWS: Week #24 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.
Special Feature: This week we feature two awesome stories: Our radio interview about “Big Alcohol and the importance of corporate literacy in the 21st century”. Our joint press release with the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance
For week 24, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Australia, Iceland, Asia, and Kenya.
Fresh science updates cover the link between binge alcohol use and prescription opioid misuse, and the effects of high-density alcohol outlets in Tanzania.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes how Big Alcohol destroyed the alcohol law in Vietnam and how nonsense “Wellness” alcohol is.

NEWS: Germany: Rising Interest in Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

As many as one in 15 beers of the estimated annual 6.2 million hectolitres of beer consumed in Germany contains no alcohol. Störtebeker beer brewery reports sales for their non-alcoholic range of beers increased by 40% in last summer. According to Marc Oliver Huhnholz of the German Association of Brewers (DBB), Germany’s 1,500 breweries, now produce between 400 to 500 alcohol-free varieties of beer…

NEWS: Estonia: Parliament Adopts Alcohol Tax Reduction

Riigikogu, the Estonian parliament, has passed a bill lowering alcohol excise duty rate by 25%. 
At its third and final reading, the Riigikogu voted 70-9 in favor of a bill that will lower the alcohol excise duty rates for beer, cider and hard liquor by 25%. The policy change comes into force already on July 1, 2019…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Main Cause of Substance-Related Hospital Deaths

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows 10 Canadians die in hospital every day from harm caused by substance use. 75% of those deaths are related to alcohol.alcohol contributes to more than half of all substance-use hospitalizations, which are 13 times more common than for opioid poisonings…