Tagged: Big Alcohol

REPORT: Current Developments in the Global Governance Arena: Where is Alcohol Headed?

In the public health field there is considerable concern over the implications of this positioning of TNACs in the global governance arena. The framings and activities used by the TNACs to position themselves as part of the solution to alcohol harm and the nature of the conflict of interests posed by their reliance on heavy alcohol use are issues which lead to questions regarding their positioning within the global health environment…

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: 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: WHO Partners With FIFA

The World Health Organization (WHO) and world governing body of football FIFA has entered into a 4 year collaboration agreement to promote healthy lifestyle through football. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino signed the memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters…

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: New Zealand: Liquor Fund-Raiser Put on Hold

The highly controversial and criticized liquor fund-raiser organized by New Zealand Labour MP Louisa Wall, in partnership with alcohol front group Spirits New Zealand has been postponed. “The Whisky & Gin” event was intended to raise funds for the NZ Gynaecological Cancer Foundation. Many public health advocates condemned the event considering the known relationship between alcohol and cancer…

NEWS: Mexico: President Criticizes Big Beer over Water Insecurity

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized Constellation Brands for building a brewery in the northern border city of Mexicali. The region is one of the driest in Mexico and local protest groups have been arguing the brewery will cause water shortages across the region…

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…

NEWS: New Zealand: MP Under Big Alcohol Influence

A Member of Parliament in New Zealand, apparently under the influence of Big Alcohol, has organized a “Whisky vs. Gin” Cancer fundraiser, despite the known connection between alcohol and cancer.
Labour MP Louisa Wall, an ambassador for the Gynaecological Cancer Foundation (NZGCF) and Health Select Committee chair, is hosting the event as part of Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month…

NEWS: EU Investigates AB InBev for New Tax Scheme

AB InBev NV is among 39 corporations targeted by fresh European Union investigations into Belgian tax schemes after an earlier order to recoup about €800 million ($885 million) was criticized by the EU’s General Court. According to an emailed statement, the European Commission opened separate probes into so-called tax rulings that Belgium doled out to multinational companies from 2005 to 2014. The rulings “may have given a selective advantage” to the companies “allowing them to pay substantially less tax…”