Tagged: Social Costs

NEWS: Czechia: Government Plans Stronger Alcohol Policy

The Czech government is taking concrete steps to implement stronger alcohol policy measures, in response to high societal costs. In addition to alcohol tax increase, the Health Minister of Czechia is preparing a draft bill that would better regulate advertising of tobacco and alcohol in electronic media…

NEWS: India: Alcohol Harm Costs More Than Entire Health Spending

A recent study reports, the burden of alcohol in India cost the economy more than what the government spends on health.The study has found that after adjusting for tax receipts from alcohol sale, the economic loss from adverse effects of alcohol consumption would touch about 1.45% of the gross domestic product (GDP). For comparison, the government’s annual expenditure on health is about 1.1% of the GDP.

BLOG: How To Expose “Scientists” Casting Doubt About Science – The Case Of Alcohol And Cancer

With his New York Times blog “A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems” Aaron E. Carroll is guilty of public health nihilism. In his response, Viktor comments on and corrects some points Mr Carroll made and highlights some of Carroll’s logical fallacies in the attempt to cast doubt on the science about alcohol and cancer…

NEWS: Addiction Crisis, USA: Raise Alcohol Taxes

Alcohol abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. And it is largely ignored. Higher taxes on beer, wine and liquor could help tackle the problem, writes the editorial board of Bloomberg View…

NEWS: New Zealand: Doctors Urge Alcohol Ban From Supermarkets

Selling wine and beer next to food ‘normalizes’ a dangerous drug that should be sold at specific outlets
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) has called for a ban on selling alcohol in supermarkets, saying that having it next to groceries and food normalized alcohol and and made buying it cheap and easy…

NEWS: Ireland: 3 Alcohol Deaths Per Day

Ireland has a problem with alcohol but the alcohol industry stands in the way for comprehensive solutions: every day three deaths are alcohol related, by the end of an average week 20 more people will have died. But Big Alcohol’s spin portrays the situation in a completely misleading light…

REPORT: Hepatologists Analyze Financial Case For Tackling Liver Disease

Through this paper, the Foundation for Liver Research seeks to make the financial case for public health action in these areas and urges the implementation of targeted measures recommended by the independent Lancet Commission on Liver Disease. This paper summarises the escalating financial costs to the health and care system as well as the wider societal costs related to the three lifestyle-related risk factors…

NEWS: Higher Alcohol Sales Tax Helps Reduce DUI Crashes

A new study examines whether a sales tax increase in Maryland, USA meant to generate money for public schools and other programs also affected a reduction in car crashes. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and shows that alcohol sales taxes help saving lives…

BLOG: It’s In The Numbers: Alcohol An Obstacle To Development

13 Goals and 52 Targets. Alcohol adversely impacts 13 of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 52 out of the 169 targets. These numbers tell the story of alcohol’s massive burden on sustainable human development.
We have done the math. We have analyzed the 2030 Agenda, its goals and targets; and we’ve looked at the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, environmental and economic. The numbers are clear: alcohol is an obstacle to every singel dimension of development…

NEWS: Cananda: $1 Billion Costs Of DUIC

A new study “Estimating the Harms and Costs of Cannabis-Attributable Collisions in the Canadian Provinces” estimates the social and economic costs associated with driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) in Canadian provinces to be $1 billion in costs associated with DUIC deaths, injuries and property damage only collisions, with particularly high rates of harm among youth and young adults between the ages of 16–34…