Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: EU: Portugal Opposes MUP in Wales

Portugal opposes Welsh minimum alcohol price law, doing the dirty work for the alcohol industry.
The Portuguese government has expressed concerns on a “detailed opinion”wines from Portugal would be discriminated against in Wales as consequence of plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol (MUP). Portugal has warned the plans could have “direct implications” on the free trade rules of the EU market.
The Welsh Government plans to an MUP of 50p per unit. Consequently, a bottle of wine sold in Wales could cost at least £4.69. The new MUP was set to come into effect this summer but has been delayed because of Portugal’s intervention…

NEWS: Week #27 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
A brand new World Bank Group report highlights the importance of and evidence for the role of alcohol taxation to help achieve Universal Health Coverage.
For week 27, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from India (concerning news), the United States (bad news) and Sri Lanka (encouraging news) and a story involving the rapper Snoop Dog.
Fresh science updates are from the United States (extent of alcohol’s harm to others) and from the UK (burden of alcohol on health services).
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes Coca Cola’s push into Big Alcohol, AB InBev’s tax avoidance in India and how trouble with its alcohol business compels Woolworths in Australia to get rid of the alcohol business…

NEWS: Australia: 21 Big Alcohol Self-Regulation Failures

The Alcohol Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) in Australia is the self regulating measure by the alcohol and advertising industries. The code marked its 21st year in action on 4th of July 2019. Writer Hannah Pierce compiles a list of 21 times the ABAC has failed to regulate alcohol ads and been exposed…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Coca Cola Pursuing Wine Business

Market concentration driven by mergers and purchases of competitors is a major driving force in the alcohol industry of the 21st century. Another examples of these mechanisms is Cocal Cola Amatil aggressively pursuing the purchase of the wine operations of global liquor giant Pernod Ricard. To this end, Coca Cola has teamed up with private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, that also has links to the tobacco industry…

NEWS: Indian Tax Authorities Accuse AB InBev of Tax Avoidance

Indian tax authorities have accused AB InBev of tax avoidance and price cartelization. The Indian tax authority issued a demand notice for alleged capital gains tax liability last year on SABMiller’s 2006 acquisition of Foster’s India business, trademarks and other intellectual properties…

NEWS: Canada: Alcohol Harm Dwarfs Opioid Crisis

Alcohol is putting more people in the hospital than heart attacks and killing more people than opioids in Canada. From April 2017 to March 2018, there were 156,108 hospital stays in Canada for harm caused by substance use, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Alcohol caused 82,740 of those visits. Opioids were responsible for 19,279 hospital stays…

NEWS: Week #26 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, exposing Big Alcohol, and a new blog post from our global voices.
For week 26, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Zimbabwe, the UK, the United States, Ireland and Northern Europe and cover road safety issues, economic harm, alcohol and cancer, minimum unit pricing and alcohol taxation issues.
Fresh science updates explores alcohol’s effects on agency, a content analysis of alcohol being depicted TV, and the role of students’ assumptions about their peers’ alcohol use for their own alcohol consumption.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry lobbying for massive deregulation in the United States, a troubled partnership of DryJuly with Big Alcohol and Major League Soccer opening the floodgates for alcohol promotions.
From our Global Voices Blog Portal, Viktor makes the case for why we need a new public health agenda…

NEWS: Australia: DryJuly Collaborates With Big Alcohol

DryJuly challenges individuals to go alcohol free for a month. Recently, The Woolworths-owned BWS liquor chain announced it was teaming up with the Foundation. According to BWS the partnership to raise funds for charity and promote its low- and no-alcohol products to participants. Many of the charities funded through DryJuly are cancer charities…

NEWS: USA: Major League Soccer Opens Floodgates for Alcohol Promotion

Major League Soccer has drastically changed their commercial sponsorship guidelines opening floodgates for alcohol promotion. The move would allow 24 clubs to secure jersey and stadium naming rights sponsorships with liquor and sports betting companies…

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…