Tagged: Alcohol Industry Lobbyism

REPORT: Current Developments in the Global Governance Arena: Where is Alcohol Headed?

In the public health field there is considerable concern over the implications of this positioning of TNACs in the global governance arena. The framings and activities used by the TNACs to position themselves as part of the solution to alcohol harm and the nature of the conflict of interests posed by their reliance on heavy alcohol use are issues which lead to questions regarding their positioning within the global health environment…

NEWS: Lithuania: Alcohol Law Improves Road Safety

According to a new study, the comprehensive alcohol control law in Lithuania is successfully decreasing alcohol consumption and related harms, such as improving road safety in the country…

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: US: Ocasio-Cortez Battles Big Alcohol Locating in Queens

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is working to block a liquor retail giant from opening up a store on her turf in Queens. The congresswoman urged state Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley to deny Total Wine & More a license to open up a store in College Point, Queens. The case also highlights the deep political connections and conflicts of interest abound between alcohol giants and elected officials…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Delivery Apps Fuel Harm

As alcohol delivery services spread across Australia, public health community fears an increase in alcohol harm. Health experts are concerned about the spread of alcohol delivery and it means for on demand alcohol. Some of the biggest problems with alcohol delivery is that it is hard to monitor and enforce. Intoxicated people or minors can be delivered alcohol…

NEWS: New Zealand: MP Under Big Alcohol Influence

A Member of Parliament in New Zealand, apparently under the influence of Big Alcohol, has organized a “Whisky vs. Gin” Cancer fundraiser, despite the known connection between alcohol and cancer.
Labour MP Louisa Wall, an ambassador for the Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) and Health Select Committee chair, is hosting the event as part of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month…

NEWS: Corporate Fraud: Carlsberg Bribed Indian Officials

According to an investigation by Danish newspaper Berlingske, Carlsberg has bribed Indian officials to ensure swifter regulatory processing time and to get better manufacturing terms for an Indian brewery. Berlingske states the material they found covers over 200 payments made to officials over a period of 18 months between 2015 and 2016…

NEWS: New Zealand: Kids See Unhealthy Marketing Avalanche

Kids in New Zealand are exposed to an avalanche of unhealthy product marketing including alcohol while the government fails to act. But attempts to better regulate alcohol are derailed by the alcohol industry and other health harmful industries. In New Zealand, alcohol contributes to an estimated 800 deaths and costs the economy approximately NZ$7.85 billion each year…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Tax Not Not Covering Society’s Alcohol Costs

According to a new study, alcohol taxes in the USA don’t come close to covering society’s costs due to pervasive alcohol harm. While profits are pocketed by a few Big Alcohol business executives and shareholders, the costs of massive alcohol harm are externalized and socialized for the public to pay for.
The study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found the total harm caused by alcohol use is a whopping $2.05 per unit of alcohol in the United States, and, of this, the government ends up paying about 80 cents per unit of alcohol. However, the federal government and states only bring in about 21 cents per unit of alcohol on average in alcohol taxes…

NEWS: Hypocrisy: Diageo Gathers Anti-DUI Pledges

In the latest hypocrisy, the global alcohol giant Diageo – which is part of causing alcohol deaths around the world – is collecting pledges against driving under the influence (DUI).
Diageo has teamed up with Formula 1 to collect more than 20 million consumer pledges to never drive while under the influence of alcohol, as part of its global “Join the Pact” campaign…