Tagged: Affordability

NEWS: New Policy Brief: Alcohol Taxation in the Americas

A new policy brief on alcohol policy by the Pan American Health Organization has found taxation to be the most effective in reducing alcohol consumption. The report highlights Alcohol is a psychoactive substance which caused 379,000 deaths (5.4% of all deaths) in the Americas in 2016…

NEWS: Poland: Little Liquor Bottles, Massive Harm

Little liquor bottles, known as ‘monkeys’ have become extremely popular in Poland. The seemingly smaller containers are however fueling heavy alcohol use and related harms.

‘Monkeys’ are 100ml or 200ml bottles of hard liquor. These small containers are colorful, easy to transport and give consumers a false sense of control over their alcohol use. In 2017 there were 40 taste varieties of ‘monkeys’. It is estimated that 3 million people buy them in Poland on a daily basis. Yearly, over 1 billion ‘monkeys’ are sold…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Fueled Violence Against Women Epidemic

As BBC reports violence against women has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. According to the Daily Maverick alcohol is a key factor fueling this rise in violence. According to BBC about 2700 women and 1000 children were murdered by men last year. Additionally there are about 100 reported rapes daily. Reportedly sexual offences including rape has increased by 4.6% this year…

NEWS: Canada: Calls for Better Alcohol Policy

Health experts in Canada are calling for better alcohol control policy to curb the growing alcohol harm in the country, specially on women. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), issued an alcohol policy framework outlining the current problematic trends of alcohol use specifically in terms of advertising, increased consumption by women and alcohol related violence…

NEWS: Kenya: CSOs Advocate for Health Promotion Taxes

The Kenyan Minister of finance announced in the budget speech a 15% tax hike on tobacco and alcohol. CSOs commend this move in an open letter to the President of Kenya and cite their concerns about alcohol and tobacco industry interference against the proposed health promotion tax increases…

NEWS: Russia: Alcohol Control Policy Works

A new report by WHO finds that alcohol consumption in Russia has fallen by 43% since 2003. This decrease has led to a historic peak in life expectancy of Russians. The report, “Alcohol policy impact case study: the effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation”, shows that total per capita alcohol consumption has been declining since 2003 and dropped by 43% until 2016 – with a 40% decline in recorded consumption and a 48% decline in unrecorded consumption… 

NEWS: Scotland: MUP Cuts Alcohol Use Substantially

A new study reports that Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) on alcohol implemented in Scotland is substantially cutting alcohol use within the country. Scotland was the first country in the world to introduce MUP at 50 pence per unit of alcohol. This was a hard won gain for public health over Big Alcohol interests. Now the results of this study by BMJ shows the policy is working even better than expected…

NEWS: Uganda: Cabinet Approves Alcohol Control Policy

The cabinet of Uganda has approved the alcohol control policy which aims to reduce alcohol harm in the country by controlling consumption. The new policy aims to reduce alcohol harm through the following, increasing public awareness, enhancing capacity for prevention and strengthening regulation on production, packaging, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of all alcohol beverages…

REPORT: Impact of Minimum Unit Pricing on Alcohol Purchases in Scotland

In terms of immediate impact, the introduction of minimum unit pricing appears to have been successful in reducing the amount of alcohol purchased by households in Scotland. The action was targeted, in that reductions of purchased alcohol only occurred in the households that bought the most alcohol…

NEWS: Philippines: Alcohol Harm Costs P200 Billion Yearly

A new study by the Philippine government reports, alcohol harm costs the government P200 Billion annually. The study by House of Representatives ways and means committee and the Department of Finance (DOF) finds that the majority of this cost is spent on treating and caring for Filipinos with alcohol problems. This includes law enforcement costs as well as burial costs when there are alcohol deaths…