Tagged: Public Health

REPORT: Current Developments in the Global Governance Arena: Where is Alcohol Headed?

In the public health field there is considerable concern over the implications of this positioning of TNACs in the global governance arena. The framings and activities used by the TNACs to position themselves as part of the solution to alcohol harm and the nature of the conflict of interests posed by their reliance on heavy alcohol use are issues which lead to questions regarding their positioning within the global health environment…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol, Other Drug Use Hinder Academic Performance

Alcohol and other drug use hinders academic performance in U.S. universities, according to a report by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
According to the report there are two major ways in which alcohol and other drug use hinder academic performance of students…

NEWS: Lithuania: Alcohol Law Improves Road Safety

According to a new study, the comprehensive alcohol control law in Lithuania is successfully decreasing alcohol consumption and related harms, such as improving road safety in the country…

NEWS: New Policy Brief: Alcohol Taxation in the Americas

A new policy brief on alcohol policy by the Pan American Health Organization has found taxation to be the most effective in reducing alcohol consumption. The report highlights Alcohol is a psychoactive substance which caused 379,000 deaths (5.4% of all deaths) in the Americas in 2016…

NEWS: Bhutan: Addiction Epidemic Hinders Development

In Bhutan a growing addiction epidemic is hindering the development of the country.
Bhutan is known globally for placing Gross National Happiness of its citizens above gross domestic product. However, the country is now struggling to maintain the well-being of their population in the face of an increasing substance use burden.
With growing exposure to alcohol and pain medication, addiction is now a major problem for Bhutan. A recent government report found that alcohol causes 50% of the patient deaths in hospitals…

NEWS: Philippines: Supermarkets Get New Alcohol Accessibility Rules

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Philippines has issued new guidelines on displaying alcohol, to make it less accessible to youth. The new rules state “Regardless of type of packaging, all alcoholic beverages shall only be displayed in designated conspicuous area in all convenience stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, groceries, and other food retailing stores with prominent signage ‘ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.”…

NEWS: Study: Fathers Should Also Skip Alcohol

A new study says both parents should stop alcohol use prior to conception to protect the baby from developing congenital heart disease. Previous studies have always focused on mothers’ alcohol use when it comes to babies developing congenital heart disease. This is the first study to take fathers’ alcohol use also into consideration…

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: South Africa: Plans to Lower BAC Limit

The President of South Africa has announced that legal limit of blood alcohol content when driving will be lowered. The measure is intended to prevent and reduce alcohol-related road traffic injury – a serious obstacle to development. Meanwhile the Transport Minister has said the AARTO bill, recently signed into law will be implemented in June. He states the AARTO system will make sure the strictest action be taken against those who drive under the infleunce of alcohol…