Tagged: Public Health

BLOG: The Corporate Consumption Complex And The Need For A New Public Health Agenda – 2nd Part

The dominating infantilist ethos and hyper-consumption are making people and planet sick, as we struggle to find meaning, live sustainably and experience happiness in and through ourselves.
The second part of Viktor’s block buster blog post about the corporate consumption complex and the need for a new public health agenda is exploring how corporate myths fueling hyper-consumption and people’s alienation from themselves and their communities can be busted and counter-acted. And Viktor looks at how more happiness, sustainability and meaning can be restored in our lives, communities and societies…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Policy Changes Favor Big Alcohol

Sweeping the country are changes to alcohol laws on all levels that favor the profit interest of the alcohol industry and disregard adverse effects of easily available, cheap alcohol that is widely promoted without any public health considerations.
Alcohol harm is pervasive in the United States and is fueling the decline of life-expectancy documented in the last two years. However, alcohol industry lobbying power is also pervasive and so alcohol policy measures are being watered down, weakened and disbanded all-together leading to an increase in alcohol availability across the country…

NEWS: Ireland To Move Quickly on MUP

The Irish Minister of Health announced Ireland will move quickly to implement alcohol minimum unit pricing, following encouraging first data from Scotland. The Irish government has been motivated by positive results from Scotland since MUP was implemented a year ago…

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…

BLOG: Big Alcohol Wants Youth To Avoid Hangover: A New Strategy Of Pushing Alcohol Culture On Youth

Young people are consuming less alcohol and choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle more. So why is Big Alcohol shifting the focus on “hangovers”?
This blog post dissects a new campaign of multinational alcohol giant Diageo together with MTV International supposedly about promoting “responsible” alcohol use and avoiding “hangovers”.
But the campaign actually contains a number of elements and tactics that undermine prevention and understanding of the real effects of alcohol…

REPORT: Effect of Alcohol on the Sense of Agency in Healthy Humans

The findings might have implications for social and legal responsibility related to alcohol use, particularly in states prior to overt intoxication. Further studies are necessary to investigate the effects of alcohol and other addictive substances on the Sense of Agency (SoA).

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: Wales: MUP Delayed Until 2020

Plans to implement minimum unit price (MUP) in Wales have been delayed till at least 2020. An EU member has held up the process. MUP was supposed to come into effect this summer. Portugal intervened and issued a ‘detailed opinion’ on MUP in Wales, which is method used by used by member states to object to other EU country’s plans…

NEWS: Scotland: Alcohol Sales at Lowest Level in 25 years

Alcohol sales in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in 25 years after the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol, according to new government data.
In 2018, Scotland was finally able to introduce minimum pricing for all alcoholic drinks, after overcoming numerous of lawsuits of the alcohol industry.
Minimum unit pricing (MUP) means that in Scotland, supermarkets and other off-licence alcohol outlets are banned from selling cheap or discounted spirits, wine, beers and cider. Only online sales from suppliers outside Scotland are not affected.
Minimum pricing has meant the average cost per unit is higher in Scotland, at 59p compared to 55p in England and Wales…