Tagged: Alcohol Policy

EVENT: UN Road Safety Week

The United Nations Global Road Safety Week and its’ campaigns are coordinated by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
All stakeholders – national and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, and the public generally – are invited to plan and host events marking the Weeks…

EVENT: UN Road Safety Week

The United Nations Global Road Safety Week and its’ campaigns are coordinated by the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, chaired by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
All stakeholders – national and local governments, international agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, and the public generally – are invited to plan and host events marking the Weeks…

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: 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…

NEWS: New Zealand: Government Falls Short in Response to Alcohol Harm

The government is failing in the face of alcohol harm in New Zealand. Mental Health experts of New Zealand are calling on the government to urgently address the alcohol problem in the country. According to the mental health addiction inquiry, alcohol incurs a cost of almost $8 billion a year, alcohol is implicated in one third of all suicides. But evidence-based, cost-effective alcohol policy best buys are available…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Liquor Giants Create Global Lobby Group

Liquor giants join forces to create the new lobby group “World Spirits Alliance”. Some of the world’s largest liquor makers and trade associations unite to form the World Spirits Alliance (WSA), a global lobbying front group that aims to protect the profit interests of distillery businesses…

NEWS: UNODC: Global Homicide Study Highlights Role of Alcohol

The global homicide study of published by UNODC identifies alcohol and other drugs plays a role in homicides. In the Booklet 1 of the study which contains the Executive Summary, the following is stated, “Drugs and alcohol are linked to crime through three well-recognized mechanisms….”

NEWS: USA, Utah: DUI Crashes Down After BAC Limit Reduction

Utah introduced 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) limit when driving, and in the first quarter of 2019, Utah Highway Patrol stats show alcohol related road traffic accidents have decreased. 0.05% is the strictest BAC limit implemented within the US currently…

NEWS: Toronto: Fears about Rising Alcohol Harm due to Provincial Deregulation

Toronto public health fears alcohol harm will rise due to provincial deregulation, increasing access to alcohol. The Toronto Board of Health adopted recommendations made by the city’s medical officer of health to review how the changes would affect Toronto and to “determine appropriate actions,” as well as a request that the provincial Ministry of Finance include Toronto Public Health in its consultations to reduce the social risks of greater alcohol access…