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BLOG: Who Will Be King?

Kristina analyzes the new partnership between the World Health Organization and Fifa about health promotion through football. She asks: Can FIFA be a force for good or is WHO surrendering its credibility and norm-setting role in alcohol prevention?
She explores the positive aspects of the partnership agreement, the risks and outlines her hopes for what the collaboration will mean for alcohol prevention in world football. In her critical assessments of Fifa’s role in promoting alcohol harm, she shares three expecations for this new deal…

NEWS: Bhutan: Addiction Epidemic Hinders Development

In Bhutan a growing addiction epidemic is hindering the development of the country.
Bhutan is known globally for placing Gross National Happiness of its citizens above gross domestic product. However, the country is now struggling to maintain the well-being of their population in the face of an increasing substance use burden.
With growing exposure to alcohol and pain medication, addiction is now a major problem for Bhutan. A recent government report found that alcohol causes 50% of the patient deaths in hospitals…

NEWS: Philippines: Supermarkets Get New Alcohol Accessibility Rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Philippines has issued new guidelines on displaying alcohol, to make it less accessible to youth. The new rules state “Regardless of type of packaging, all alcoholic beverages shall only be displayed in designated conspicuous area in all convenience stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, groceries, and other food retailing stores with prominent signage ‘ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.”…

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: 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: 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: Japan: Rugby World Cup Boosts Beer Demand

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is taking place in Japan. In anticipation of the event beer demand has increased across the country. Alcohol retailers across Japan are preparing for increased beer demand during the Rugby World Cup, clearly showign how the Heineken sponsorship of the event fuels demand and drives the beer giant’s profits.
The Dutch multinational beer giant Heineken owns the sponsorship rights to the Rugby World Cup, which is being held in cities across Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019…

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…

NEWS: Estonia: Alcohol Policy Improvements on the Table

Tõnis Mölder, Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu, said that he welcomes the initiative of Tallinn Mayor, Mihhail Kõlvart to introduce an improved alcohol policy in the capital city. He added the implementation of improved alcohol regulations could be deliberated on a nationwide basis.
On September 18, 2019 Mayor Kõlvart proposed launching talks in Tallinn regarding the possibility of implementing better alcohol policy in Estonia’s capital. These would include…

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…