Tagged: Availability

BLOG: The Oppressive Alcohol Norm And The Freedom To Not Use Alcohol

The current alcohol norm is oppressive. The alcohol culture in Sweden doesn’t reflect people’s real preferences and wishes, but only those of the alcohol industry and a small minority of influential people.
This is a groundbreaking blog post that dissects the Swedish alcohol norm, provides solid evidence and data and discusses positive solutions.
How to achieve freedom for the many to enjoy social life free from pressure to engage in behaviour many, many people do not actually like or want to engage in? Lucas’ latest blog post explores reasons and possibilities for making possible the freedom for the many to participate in social life in exactly the way people truly choose to and feel content with…

REPORT: Impact of Alcohol Restriction on Hospital and Emergency Service

The total restriction of selling high strength alcohol through a community driven process has shown to be effective in reducing alcohol-related health service utilization in post-intervention period. Continue monitoring is required to address new emerging issues…

NEWS: Ethiopia: Plans To Strengthen Alcohol Control

The parliament has formulated improvements to the country’s alcohol policy, tackling alcohol availability and marketing – two of the three WHO-recommended alcohol policy best buys. Presently, however, Ethiopia still does not have a coherent written national policy or action plan on alcohol control, according the 2018 WHO Global Alcohol Status Report…

REPORT: Australian-First Study Sheds More Light On Factors Influencing Youth Alcohol Use

The study, How do alcohol control policies influence Australian adolescent drinking trends?, is the first Australian study to examine the relative influence of multiple alcohol policies, television alcohol advertising, retail alcohol outlet density and the proportion of alcohol-related articles in daily newspapers, on the alcohol use behaviour of adolescents…

NEWS: WHO Europe: 800 People Die Daily Due To Alcohol

Europe still faces massive challenges by the need to reduce the burden of alcohol. A new fact sheet present evidence and a clear case for urgent action. Levels of alcohol consumption, and harm attributable to alcohol, remain very high – causing about 800 deaths a day…

NEWS: Australia: Controversial Booze Now, Pay Later Scheme

‘Buy now, pay later’ services are emerging as veritable credit schemes in Australia. Instead of paying a deposit in store to secure a commodity for later purchase, customers can get their goods straightaway and can use them and consume them before making a single payment. Afterpay is the biggest provider of such services in Australia. It even allows alcohol to be bought in this manner, a controversial scheme that has come under scrutiny and criticism…

REPORT: Norway: Alcohol Industry Lobbyists Use Science To Advance Own Interests

Alcohol industry actors employed a range of strategies to shape the use of the various types of evidence on on-premise trading hours and violence to advance their own interests. The particular strategies and arguments changed over time as new data and research became available, and also varied between the national and the local levels and by categories of industry actors. There is a need to better understand how the handling of different forms of evidence is accommodated within the political strategies of a range of industry actors in respect of particular policy issues and forms of evidence, at different levels of policy making and in varying policy contexts…

REPORT: Privatizing Government Alcohol Retail Monopolies Causes Substantial Adverse Consequences For Public Health And Safety

There would be substantial adverse consequences for public health and safety were Systembolaget to be privatised. Both privatisation scenarios resulted in substantial increases in alcohol consumption, attributable crime, hospitalisation and death, the largest increase was estimated for the sale of alcohol in grocery stores…

NEWS: Hongkong: Increasing Alcohol Policy Implementation

Health warnings could be put on alcoholic beverage containers in Hong Kong as the government considers its next step in an effort to curb binge alcohol use.
Hongkong has recently implemented alcohol availability regulations, requiring customer identification proving they were over 18 years of age to purchase alcohol. Retailers found selling alcohol to minors are facing tougher prosecution…