Tagged: Availability

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Policy Changes Favor Big Alcohol

Sweeping the country are changes to alcohol laws on all levels that favor the profit interest of the alcohol industry and disregard adverse effects of easily available, cheap alcohol that is widely promoted without any public health considerations.
Alcohol harm is pervasive in the United States and is fueling the decline of life-expectancy documented in the last two years. However, alcohol industry lobbying power is also pervasive and so alcohol policy measures are being watered down, weakened and disbanded all-together leading to an increase in alcohol availability across the country…

NEWS: Amazon Joins Big Alcohol

Amazon has joined Big Alcohol and will soon be delivering alcohol to customers in San Francisco. The online retailing giant has filed a licensing request with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to allow the company to sell beer, wine and hard liquor in the city. If approved Amazon plans to start delivering alcohol from its Prime Now warehouse in San Francisco. Alcohol delivery can start possibly within a matter of months…

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

NEWS: Germany: Rising Interest in Alcohol-Free Lifestyle

As many as one in 15 beers of the estimated annual 6.2 million hectolitres of beer consumed in Germany contains no alcohol. Störtebeker beer brewery reports sales for their non-alcoholic range of beers increased by 40% in last summer. According to Marc Oliver Huhnholz of the German Association of Brewers (DBB), Germany’s 1,500 breweries, now produce between 400 to 500 alcohol-free varieties of beer…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Main Cause of Substance-Related Hospital Deaths

Data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) shows 10 Canadians die in hospital every day from harm caused by substance use. 75% of those deaths are related to alcohol.alcohol contributes to more than half of all substance-use hospitalizations, which are 13 times more common than for opioid poisonings…

NEWS: USA: Link between Binge Alcohol Use and Prescription Drugs Misuse

A new study by the CDC reports more than 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge alcohol use. People who binged on alcohol were nearly twice as likely to misuse prescription opioids as abstainers…

MEMBER NEWS: India: Healthy India Alliance Calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol Harm

The Healthy India Alliance, including several Indian member organizations of IOGT International, has issued an urgent call for multi-sectoral alcohol policy action in India to tackle the heavy burden of alcohol harm…

NEWS: Experts: “Wellness” Alcohol Is Nonsense

Experts are calling the newest Big Alcohol trend nonsense: “wellness” alcohol.
With health-conscious and fitness trends gaining popularity, the alcohol industry’s newest strategy is to position themselves as wellness/fitness oriented. The strategy specifically targets youth since younger generations are increasingly becoming alcohol free to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
IOGT International has covered the details of how Big Alcohol attempts to capitalize from health conscious younger generations – through product innovations and youth-specific marketing, driven by digital data gathering…

NEWS: Vietnam: Big Alcohol Lobby Destroys Alcohol Law

New concerns have emerged about unethical lobbying practices of the alcohol industry. There are reports that some lawmakers had traveled abroad at the invitation of alcohol companies before the bill came up for discussion. And the alcohol industry appears to be successful in these aggressive and unethical lobbying efforts, as provision after provision is deleted from the draft alcohol law that is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. Vietnam, Asia’s third-largest beer consumer after China and Japan, has seen beer volumes climb by an average 6.6% for the last six years compared to an increase of “just” 0.2% for consumption globally…

NEWS: Asia: Alarming Rise in Alcohol Use

A new landmark scientific study shows that alcohol use is rising across much of the Asia region. Even heavy episodic (binge) alcohol use has increased significantly in China, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, according to new research.
An aggressive and systematic push of multinational alcohol corporations into the countries of Asia means that Asians are increasingly likely to use alcohol and to consume alcohol to inebriation and intoxication, at least once a month, according to new data published in The Lancet medical journal…