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: 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: WHO Europe: Progress on Health Equity Is Stalling

WHO’s first-ever Health Equity Status Report reveals that health inequities in many of the 53 countries in the WHO European Region remain either the same or have worsened despite governments’ attempts to address them. The Report newly identifies 5 key risk factors that are holding many children, young people, women and men back from achieving good health and leading safe and decent lives. The Report also shows that alcohol use is a key risk factor for health inequity and alcohol harm is in turn a consequence of health inequities…

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: Online Gamers Exposed to Avalanche of Alcohol Ads

An avalanche of alcohol ads are directed at online gamers and laws are failing to protect especially the youth from these ads. According to research by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), e-sports are unregulated and directly funnel advertising of unhealthy products such as alcohol to gamers including minors…

REPORT: Do Alcohol Taxes Cover Alcohol-Related Costs in USA?

Specific excise taxes account for one fifth of state alcohol taxes in the 32 license states; but even considering all tax types, total alcohol taxes account for only one tenth of alcohol-related costs…

NEWS: Ethiopia Strengthens Efforts to Beat NCDs

Ethiopia aims to prevent 1.5 million deaths in the next 15 years through a campaign to prevent and reduce the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Ethiopia loses an estimated 1.1 billion U.S. dollars annually due to NCDs. Alcohol use is one of the major risk factors for NCDs along with tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, and alcohol prevention and control are among the best buy measures the government implements to tackle the NCDs epidemic…

NEWS: Heineken UK Exposes Kids to Alcohol Ads

Heineken UK is using influencer marketing to expose minors to alcohol ads. Heineken recently teamed up with social media influencer Tanya Burr to promote a home draught beer pump to her 3 million instagram followers, including minors…

NEWS: Europe: Alcohol Among Top Preventable Killers

Alcohol related diseases caused 79,000 preventable deaths in Europe in 2016, according to statistics by eurostat. Eurostat reports, in the European Union (EU), about 1.7 million persons aged less than 75 died in 2016. Among them, around 1.2 million deaths could be considered as premature according to the recently developed Eurostat-OECD list of avoidable mortality…