Tagged: Big Alcohol

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Exploring Global Industry Pressures on Health

At a recent event entitled ‘Global Health Outlook: Challenges and Implications for Sri Lanka’ hosted by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) the speakers in attendance explored the linkages between health and global politics.In the discussion the extent to which addressing the health issues plaguing Sri Lanka requires diplomacy and international cooperation to deal with forces that extend beyond the confines of national borders was highlighted…

NEWS: Cambodia: New Calls To Regulate Alcohol Ads

Cambodia Movement for Health (CMH) and lawyers call for laws regulating alcohol advertisements. This call comes amidst increase in youth alcohol consumption in the country.
According to CMH, alcohol companies spend large amounts of money on alcohol marketing. For example, the alcohol industry uses competitions which offer prizes such as money, cars, motorbikes, flight tickets, trips and beer. CMH says this encourages the public including youth and children to consume alcohol…

NEWS: USA: Epidemic of Alcohol Use Disorder

New data from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) shows that almost 20 million people in the United States suffer from an alcohol use disorder. This translates to 1 in 12 people suffering from alcohol use disorder. 7 million children grow up in families with parental alcohol use disorder. More than 50% adults have a family history of alcohol use disorder…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Fights Against Local Alcohol Tax

The companies behind Budweiser, Miller and Guinness have poured tens of thousands of dollars of advertising money into a campaign to defeat a local Anchorage alcohol tax, new financial disclosure reports show.In a matter of weeks, a mix of national, regional and local alcohol businesses have mobilized to raise $288,000 to defeat the tax, according to the most recent disclosures…

NEWS: Heineken Fined for US Trade Practice Violations

Alcohol watchdog of USA, the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau (TTB) fined Heineken for USD 2.5 million for violation of trade practices.Heineken was charged with giving their BrewLock platform free of charge to bars and reimbursing others through credit card swipes. BrewLock is Heineken’s draught beer system. The TTB alleged the BrewLock draught system “both obligated and induced” the bars to buy beer from Heineken…

NEWS: Alcohol and Unruly Behavior in Airlines

Incidents involving unruly behavior in airlines are on the rise. Alcohol use is involved in 27% of these cases while 24% cases related to noncompliance with smoking regulations according to IATA. The solution seems obvious. If too many airline passengers are abusing alcohol and acting violently, airlines can limit alcohol sale to solve the problem. However, airlines are looking for a regulatory fix, showing their reluctance to lose the alcohol sales profit despite the harm alcohol is causing…

REPORT: Moving Beyond Tobacco Exceptionalism

Tobacco is recognized for the distinct harm it causes to health. Tobacco industry is seen as needing a specific model of governance because of the conflict between the tobacco industry interests and public health policy. This has given way to specific tobacco control regulation known as tobacco exceptionalism. Similarities between tobacco and alcohol industries indicate its time to move beyond tobacco exceptionalism and apply similar policy measures to control alcohol…

REPORT: Alcohol and Parenthood in Australia

For most women in their twenties and thirties, parenting a child <1 year of age was associated with reduced alcohol consumption. However, this protective effect diminished after 12 months with alcohol consumption levels close to pre-parenthood levels after five years. There was little change in male alcohol use with the transition to parenthood...

REPORT: Comparing Cancer Risks Between Alcohol and Tobacco

One bottle of wine per week is associated with an increased absolute lifetime risk of alcohol-related cancers in women, driven by breast cancer, equivalent to the increased absolute cancer risk associated with ten cigarettes per week. These findings can help communicate that moderate levels of drinking are an important public health risk for women. The risks for men, equivalent to five cigarettes per week, are also of note…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Uzbekistan Case for Investing in NCD Prevention

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases and their risk factors, including alcohol, are an increasing public health and development challenge in Uzbekistan.
This report provides evidence through three analyses that NCDs reduce economic output and discusses potential options in response, outlining details of their relative returns on investment. An economic burden analysis shows that economic losses from NCDs (direct and indirect costs) make up 9.3 trillion sum, which is equivalent to 4.7% of gross domestic product in 2016. An intervention costing analysis provides an estimate of the funding required to implement a set of policy interventions for prevention and clinical interventions. A cost–benefit analysis compares these implementation costs with the estimated health gains and identifies which policy packages would give the greatest returns on investment…