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NEWS: Week #25 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, exposing Big Alcohol, and new blog post about new tactics of the alcohol industry.
For week 25, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from Scotland (with good news), Estonia (with bad news), the West coast of the United States (about alcohol’s adverse impact on local food production and biodiversity), Germany and France.
Fresh science updates cover the lack of awareness about alcohol and breast cancer and the relationship between parental attitudes and children’s alcohol use.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes alcohol industry interference in MUP in Wales, Amazon joining Big Alcohol in the United States…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Socially Most Harmful Drug

Alcohol causes the most overall harm to Australian society, surpassing crystal methamphetamine (ice) and heroin, drugs that usually receive more attention, according to a new national study. The Australia-first study, funded by St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, examined 22 drugs and measured the risk to an individual and the damage to society as a whole…

NEWS: UK: Women Largely Unaware of Alcohol’s Breast Cancer Risk

A new study discovered only 1 in 5 women attending a breast cancer clinic knew alcohol was a risk factor. This is despite 5-11% cases being due to alcohol consumption. Two hundred women took part in the study. They were either being screened for breast cancer, or having symptoms checked…

NEWS: Eastern Europe, Central Asia: WHO Urges to Limit Digital Marketing of Unhealthy Products

In a press conference, WHO urged countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children. The Russian version of the report “Monitoring and restricting the digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents” was launched on 27 May 2019…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Increase for UHC

Kenya will see an increase of alcohol and tobacco taxation as part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The Kenyan government is set to raise excise duties on cigarettes, wines and liquor by fifteen per cent in part of newly proposed tax measures aimed at mobilizing resources for the Sh 3.02 trillion 2019-2020 budget…

NEWS: UK: Many Men Use Alcohol to Deal with Depression

Self medication with alcohol is a serious and growing problem in the UK, with young adult men turning to alcohol to cope with mental health issues. One in three men in the UK turn to alcohol to deal with depression according to a new report. Stats show nearly two thirds of the men have experienced mental health problems in the last five years…

MEMBER NEWS: India: Healthy India Alliance Calls for Urgent Action on Alcohol Harm

The Healthy India Alliance, including several Indian member organizations of IOGT International, has issued an urgent call for multi-sectoral alcohol policy action in India to tackle the heavy burden of alcohol harm…

NEWS: Vietnam: Big Alcohol Lobby Destroys Alcohol Law

New concerns have emerged about unethical lobbying practices of the alcohol industry. There are reports that some lawmakers had traveled abroad at the invitation of alcohol companies before the bill came up for discussion. And the alcohol industry appears to be successful in these aggressive and unethical lobbying efforts, as provision after provision is deleted from the draft alcohol law that is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. Vietnam, Asia’s third-largest beer consumer after China and Japan, has seen beer volumes climb by an average 6.6% for the last six years compared to an increase of “just” 0.2% for consumption globally…

NEWS: Asia: Alarming Rise in Alcohol Use

A new landmark scientific study shows that alcohol use is rising across much of the Asia region. Even heavy episodic (binge) alcohol use has increased significantly in China, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, according to new research.
An aggressive and systematic push of multinational alcohol corporations into the countries of Asia means that Asians are increasingly likely to use alcohol and to consume alcohol to inebriation and intoxication, at least once a month, according to new data published in The Lancet medical journal…