Tagged: Economic Harm

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…

REPORT: Alcohol’s Harms to Others than the Alcohol User in the United States

Secondhand effects of alcohol in the United States are substantial and affected by sociodemographics, the harmed individual’s own alcohol use, and the presence of a heavy alcohol user in the household. Broad-based and targeted public health measures that consider AHTO risk factors are needed to reduce alcohol’s secondhand harms…

NEWS: UK: Staggering Costs of Alcohol at Workplace

A new report by the Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) reports, In the UK, as many as 89,000 people may be turning up to work hungover or under the influence of alcohol every day. The cost to the economy is up to £1.4 billion a year due to this reason…

NEWS: New Zealand: Staggering Economic Costs of Alcohol Harm

In Zealand, the economy is losing ca. $1.65bn per year due to alcohol’s adverse impact on employees’ productivity.
A new study conducted by University of Otago researchers found that alcohol use created the cost of $1098 for every Kiwi employee over a year. This amounts to almost five days of sick leave per worker. Men under 25 and those with stressful jobs showed the biggest alcohol problems…

REPORT: New Zealand: Economic Harm of Employee Alcohol Use

The estimated annual average cost of lost productivity per employee was NZ$1097.71 (NZ$209.62 absenteeism, NZ$888.09 presenteeism) and NZ$134.62 per employer.
At a population level this equates to approximately NZ$1.65 billion per year.
The significant predictors of reduced workplace performance were being younger (less than 25 years), male, having a stressful job and consuming more than the recommended standard number of alcoholic drinks per session.
Considering absenteeism costs alone will substantially underestimate the total productivity loss associated with alcohol use. Designing and effectively targeting a set of multifaceted policies to engineer change at both the workplace and societal levels will assist in reducing the costs of lost productivity to due alcohol…

NEWS: New Resource: World Map of Big Alcohol Interference

IOGT International has released a brand new resource to map the global alcohol industry, to reveal Big Alcohol’s lobbying front group and to illustrate concrete case stories of alcohol industry interference from around the world.
The compelling new material is entitled: ALCOHOL INDUSTRY INTERFERENCE WORLDWIDE – Big Alcohol Exposed…

NEWS: USA: Shopping While Intoxicated on Rise

A new survey reveals Americans keep spending more money while shopping under the influence of alcohol. The figure had increased by almost $10 billion last year. About 2000 Americans were surveyed by Finder to discover shopping habits while intoxicated from alcohol. Over a quarter of Americans were found to shop while being intoxicated…

NEWS: Addiction Crisis, USA: Raise Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. And it is largely ignored. Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor could help tackle the problem, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg View…