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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…

REPORT: Binge Alcohol Use and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S.

More than half of the 4.2 million people who misused prescription opioids during 2012–2014 were binge alcohol users, and binge alcohol users had nearly twice the odds of misusing prescription opioids, compared with abstainers. Widespread use of evidence-based strategies for preventing binge alcohol use might reduce opioid misuse and overdoses involving alcohol…

REPORT: Tanzania: High-density of Alcohol Outlets and Advertising Affect Youth Alcohol Consumption

Findings revealed a high density of alcohol-selling outlets and outdoor advertisements. The abundance of alcohol-related cues, including their close proximity to places where youth congregate, may facilitate and increase adolescent alcohol use in Tanzania.
Participants recommended several changes to the alcohol environment to reduce adolescent alcohol use.
Structural interventions that reduce adolescents’ access and exposure to alcohol are needed in Tanzania…

NEWS: Week #23 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.
This week we feature not one, but two new resources. Scroll down to find a brand new booklet about alcohol and NCDs. And check out below our fresh new world map of alcohol industry interference and the mapping of Big Alcohol and its global lobbying front group.
For week 23, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from South Korea, Bhutan, Estonia, and Northern Ireland.
Fresh science updates about alcohol taxation in the EU and about the mental health of medical doctors in the UK.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes a raging beer war in Vietnam, marketing tactics to hook young people, and self-regulation failure in the EU…

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…

REPORT: US Federal State Alcohol Policies Protect against Alcohol’s Harm to Others

State alcohol policies may be effective in reducing, to a meaningful degree, aggression‐related harms and vehicular hazards due to other alcohol users, but mainly in those under 40…

REPORT: One in Three Medics Use Alcohol to Self-Medicate

Occupational distress and job factors increase the odds of doctors using substances, according to researchers from Birkbeck College and University College London, with alcohol frequently cited as one of those most used. Published in the British Medical Journal, the study aimed to assess the prevalence of health problems (including insomnia, binge eating, substance use and ill health) among UK doctors and to investigate whether occupational distress increases the risk of health problems…

REPORT: Approaching and Exceeding Thresholds of “Too Much” Alcohol

These groups differed significantly in awareness of alcohol’s effects, agency and self-perceptions, but not on alcohol consumption. Exceeding their threshold was an entirely negative embodied experience for all.
These findings illustrate that people are guided by experientially grounded conceptions of consumption. Interventions could target different groups of drinker according to their embodied experience during the approach to ‘too much’ alcohol…

REPORT: Alcohol Excess – Time for New Measures?

Author Helen Salisbury explores the question “when industries make money from selling products that cause harm, can we expect them to contribute meaningfully to improving public health?”, following two articles published in BMJ. The author questions the the ubiquity of alcohol in our social culture. Specially considering the harmful effects alcohol is known to cause…

REPORT: Use of Economic Evidence in Support of Policy for Funding NCD Interventions

Spending on NCD action must be done through domestic funding as well as through catalytic investments and innovative financing options such as the proposed NCD and Mental Health Catalytic Trust Fund are crucial in meeting the current needs. Health authorities can use economics to communicate challenges and solutions in a manner that resonates with other sectors…