Tagged: Labelling

NEWS: UK: Alcohol Policy in Election Manifestos

Selected alcohol policy commitments have been taken up by several political parties in the UK through their election manifestos for the snap elections to be held on December 12. Alcohol Policy UK has summarized the commitments towards alcohol policy by the four major political parties in the run up to the elections…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: New Marketing Tools

Big Alcohol is using new and attractive marketing tools which are appealing to underage kids in Australia. The alcohol industry’s regulator says marketers are using frozen vodka ice blocks and cheap ciders labelled with rainbows, unicorns and cartoons to encourage under-age Australians to use alcohol. This has sparked strong calls by public health advocated for an independent watchdog to regulate the industry…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Endangers Pregnant Women

New research has found that Big Alcohol and bodies funded by the alcohol industry are encouraging women to keep using alcohol throughout pregnancy despite scientific evidence stating otherwise.
The alcohol industry and their front groups are ignoring scientific evidence about the harms and dangers associated with alcohol use during pregnancy.
The alcohol industry is also actively lobbying against warning labels to inform consumers about the risks of alcohol consumption during pregnancy…

NEWS: Big Alcohol: Plain Packaging Threatens Industry Profits

Presumably plain packaging is going to threaten Big Alcohol profits. A report by Brand Finance says the alcohol industry could lose up to $430 billion if plain packaging were to be introduced for alcohol products.
If implemented plain packaging could have significant impact on public health. Brand awareness, recognition and loyalty are key factors in driving increased consumption. This is specially true for alcohol and is proven by research. Therefore, by introducing plain packaging and and driving down brand identity, consumption could be decreased, thereby reducing harm from  alcohol…

NEWS: Rwanda: Big Alcohol Uses Sexist Marketing

The beer brand Skol was caught using sexist marketing in Rwanda. Skol printed sexist jokes on their beer bottles. One of the jokes read “when can a woman make you a millionaire” with the answer “when you are a billionaire”. Another of the jokes in French read “how does a beauty queen try and kill a fish? By putting its head in water…”
This is not the first time Big Alcohol has used sexism to market their products. In fact, Big Alcohol has a long track record of using sexist, objectifying and de-humanizing images, messages and slogans to sell more of their products…

NEWS: Week #31 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:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

REPORT: UK: Adolescent Awareness on Alcohol Labelling

Most young alcohol users, including almost half of higher-risk alcohol users, did not recall seeing any information, health messages or warnings on alcohol packaging in the past month, suggesting that current labelling is failing to reach this key audience…

NEWS: USA: Public Health Groups Request Cancer Warning On Alcohol

Public health groups in the US has joined together to call for  warning statement on alcoholic beverages to increase consumer awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer. The groups are asking U.S. Department of Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau TTB to undertake a congressional reporting process provided for by the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988…

NEWS: EU: Liquor Industry Lets Down Consumers (Again)

Europe’s liquor industry declared plans to list the number of calories and ingredients in their products. But the latest move is not nearly enough and has received heavy criticism from public health experts.
Alcoholic beverages have been exempt from EU labeling rules that are in force for all food and non-alcoholic drinks. Instead of regulating the alcohol industry and requiring effective labelling, the European Commission decided to rely on self-regulation allowing the alcohol industry to come up with their own plan to regulate itself.
The European consumers organization BEUC has said that, with Europe facing an obesity crisis, calorie content labeling for alcohol was a necessity.
In March 2018, the sector came up with an initiative to provide more information about energy content and ingredients but critics said at the time that if much of the information was available only online, it was not realistic to expect all consumers to have access to it…

REPORT: Mass Media Campaigning on Alcohol Risk Awareness and Alcohol Policy

Conclusively, the results show that a mass media campaign was associated with an increase in awareness of alcohol as a risk factor for cancer as well as alcohol policy support at a population level.