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EU: NGOS RESIGN FROM HEALTH FORUM

Mittwoch 3. Juni 2015 von htm

Eurocare Press Release: NGOS RESIGN FROM HEALTH FORUM AS COMMISSION IGNORES MEMBER STATE AND EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Public Health NGOs have today resigned from the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, following the announcement by Commissioner Andriukaitis that he has no plans to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy[1]. The Commissioner’s decision goes against demands from Member States and the European Parliament for a new comprehensive Strategy to tackle alcohol harm in Europe.

Membership of the Forum, which is chaired by DG Sante, includes drinks industry representatives and public health NGOs. More than 20 health bodies, including Eurocare (European Alcohol Policy Alliance), EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) and the CPME (Standing Committee of European Doctors) today tendered their collective resignation in an open letter to Commissioner Andriukaitis.

Signatories to the letter outline their “deep concerns” about the neglect of public health and the prioritisation of alcohol industry interests. These include:

·        The Commission is ignoring calls from the European Parliament and Member States to develop a new EU Alcohol Strategy

·        The Commission plans to include alcohol within a wider framework for tackling chronic disease, which would fail to address many harms caused by alcohol to those other than the drinker, such as drink driving, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation

·        There is no evidence to show that the EU Alcohol and Health Forum has had any impact on public health

·        The Forum was established to support the implementation of the previous EU Alcohol Strategy, which ended in 2012. With no new Strategy planned, membership of the Forum cannot be justified.

Signatories also expressed disappointment that the Commissioner had rejected requests for public health experts to have a formal structure to meet with Commission officials to discuss alcohol policy, free from vested interest groups.

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of Eurocare, said: “The Commissioner himself stated drinking behaviours in Europe are good for the Alcohol Industry but not good for Health. Eurocare represents 58 organisations in 25 countries and we deeply regret the Commission’s decision not to establish a new EU Alcohol Strategy. This flies in the face of persistent demands from Member States, the European Parliament and NGOs. The EU is the heaviest drinking region in the world and with 120,000 premature deaths related to alcohol each year, we absolutely must have a comprehensive strategy to tackle alcohol harm.”

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair of the EU Alcohol and Health Forum’s Science Group said, “This is a sad day for those who care about health in Europe. The Commission’s prioritisation of alcohol industry interests over public health has been laid bare. Many NGOs have participated actively and in good faith in the EU Alcohol and Health Forum, in the hope of making progress and reducing alcohol harm. However, with no evidence to indicate the Forum has achieved any meaningful results, and no promise of a new Alcohol Strategy, we see no alternative to walking away from this failing organization.”

Nina Renshaw, Secretary General of EPHA, said, „The alcohol industry must have raised a few glasses to DG SANTE after their admission at the last Forum meeting that they don’t even aim to improve health. The Commission has finally admitted what the health community has long suspected – that they have abandoned alcohol policy altogether.  The Forum has proved worse than useless, a free PR front for the industry. The Commission even endorses the industry introducing drinking culture to young kids by promoting „responsible“ drinking in primary schools. The health community had to call time on this charade.“

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alkoholindustrie, Allgemein, English Website, European Alcohol and Health Forum, Global, Health, Non-communicable diseases, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Alcohol Ads Violating Industry Rules More Likely in Magazines Popular With Teens

Donnerstag 9. August 2012 von htm

Alcohol ads that violate industry guidelines are more likely to appear in magazines popular with teen readers, a new study finds. Ads violate industry guidelines if they appear to target a primarily underage audience, highlight the high alcohol content of a product, or portray drinking in conjunction with activities that require a high degree of alertness or coordination, such as swimming.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied 1,261 ads for alcopops, beer, spirits or wine that appeared more than 2,500 times in 11 magazines that are popular among teens. The ads were rated according to a number of factors, such as whether they portrayed over-consumption of alcohol, addiction content, sex-related content, or injury content. ….
(Source:Join Together, 08/09/12)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Children, consumption, Global, Media, Parents, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Introducing a minimum unit price for alcohol in Scotland

Samstag 28. Juli 2012 von htm

Considerations under European Law and the implications for European public health
Scotland has amongst the highest rates of alcohol-related harms in Western Europe and over the last three decades has observed an approximate 3-fold increase in alcohol-related mortality.1 The Scottish Government has identified the affordability of alcohol as a key component for an effective strategy in addressing these harms. While increases in alcohol duty can be used to reduce affordability, responsibility for determining alcohol duty lies with the UK rather than Scottish Parliament so the introduction of a minimum unit price (MUP) is being considered as a more targeted alternative. Its potential introduction raises a number of important legal considerations that bear relevance to future public health legislative measures across the European Union. In this article, we outline some of the main considerations as illustrated by the case study of MUP in Scotland and discuss the implications for countries across Europe and other areas of public health policy. …
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/27/12) eurpub.oxfordjournals.org, August 2012 (payable) Eur J Public Health (2012) 22 (4): 457-458. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cks091

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Global, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Publications, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Health Select Committee report delivers verdict on Government alcohol strategy

Freitag 20. Juli 2012 von htm

EdA Health Committee report has given a mixed, if not critical, verdict on the Government’s Alcohol Strategy published earlier this year.

Download the 3rd report into the Government’s alcohol strategy (pdf), chapter index here and the Commons press release.

Although supportive of some aspects of the strategy, including the headline announcement of minimum pricing, the report is critical of an excessive focus on binge drinking over health issues and the lack of a delivery framework in the strategy. It also speaks out on alcohol industry denial over alcohol advertising effects on consumption. Although not against the principle of the controversial responsibility deal, it warns it should not be a substitute for government policy and should be regarded as standard corporate responsibility, rather than something to be praised for.

Launching the Committee’s report, the Chair, Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, said:

„The main focus of the strategy is binge drinking and its consequences for anti-social behaviour and public disorder. Those are important issues, but the health impact of chronic alcohol misuse is in our view also significant and greater emphasis needs to be placed on addressing that impact.“ ….
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 07/19/12)

Kategorie: Addiction, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Publications, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Mexico: A-B InBev Buys Grupo Modelo for $20 Billion

Mittwoch 18. Juli 2012 von htm

InBev – the world’s largest beer producer – recently finalized a deal to take over Mexico’s Grupo Modelo corporation for a staggering $20.1 billion. The move gives A-B InBev dominance in Mexico’s economy and adds Corona (America’s best-selling imported beer label) to the A-B InBev major brand portfolio of Budweiser, Beck’s, and Stella Artois. The deal marks just one more step by the Belgian brewer to increase its massive market share and solidify its mega-conglomerate status. Throughout the last decade, the beer industry has been engulfed in a consolidation craze, resulting in the A-B InBev/SABMiller duopoly controlling more than 80% of the U.S. beer market.

See the Alcohol Justice report, Big Beer Duopoly, for more about the merger that created A-B InBev.
(Source: Alcohol Justice, 07/18/12)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, societal effects, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

EU: Labelling requirement for allergens in wine

Freitag 13. Juli 2012 von htm

Eurocare welcomes the requirement for allergen labelling in wine for milk, egg and sulphites

Regulation 579/2012[i] has finally put an end to derogations that the wine sector has been successfully obtaining over the last years. The producers are required to state the presence in the final product of: (i) eggs and egg based products, (ii) sulphites/ sulphites, (iii) milk and milk based products. This listing might be accompanied by pictograms which could improve the readability of the information provided to consumers.

However, there is no specification on the size of the pictograms. ’We expect the wine industry to step up and show their commitment to inform and protect consumers, by making the information clearly visible and readable on the label’ said Mariann Skar, Eurocare Secretary General.
(Source: Eurocare, PRESS RELEASE, Brussels, Belgium July 11, 2012)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, Labels, Parliaments / Governments, Prevention, Publications, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Voluntary alcohol labelling pledge on track says Portman Group

Freitag 6. Juli 2012 von htm

The Portman Group, the alcohol industry’s social responsibility body, has said alcohol producers are on track to deliver their pledge to provide health information on 80% of alcohol labels by the end of December 2013.

As part of the Government’s responsibility deal, alcohol producers have committed that three core labelling elements – clear unit content, NHS guidelines and a warning about drinking when pregnant – will appear on 80% of drinks. A Drinkaware link and responsibility statement are optional.

The Portman Group, who were given responsibility for monitoring the pledge, say current compliance is over 60%, with 18 months still remaining. More companies are expected to confirm their pledges in the coming months. …
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 07/05/12)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, drinking guidelines, Fetal alcohol syndrome etc., Global, Labels, Parents, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

EUCAM Newsletter for June 2012

Donnerstag 5. Juli 2012 von htm

The new EUCAM Newsletter with Fact Sheets on sport sponsoring by alcohol producers in Europe, kids being overexposed to irresponsible alcohol marketing and more…
Newsletter

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Children, consumption, Global, Media, Publications, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

UK: ‚Can promotion of lower strength alcohol products help reduce alcohol consumption?‘

Donnerstag 5. Juli 2012 von htm

A report exploring the potential role of promoting lower strength drinks to address alcohol harms has been produced by the Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) Centre for Public Health.

The rapid literature review identified both opportunities and threats to improved health through the increased availability of lower strength alcohol. The report suggests that if lower strength drinks result in ‚substitution‘ for higher strength drinks there can be potential public health benefits. However it also identifies ‚addition‘ as a likely affect, whereby lower strength drinks result in an increased number of situations where alcohol is consumed. The report concludes that encouraging production and consumption of lower alcohol products in a single product category is unlikely to maximise effects on population level harms. …
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 07/3/12)

Kategorie: Addiction, Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, consumption, Global, morbidity, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Price, Publications, Research, societal effects, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Pennsylvania Alcohol Privatization Off the Table

Donnerstag 28. Juni 2012 von htm

State Control of Alcohol: Protecting the Public’s Health

Pennsylvania Republican House Majority Leader Michael Turzai recently gave up the fight to privatize liquor sales in the state, at least for the moment. The battle to privatize Pennsylvania’s 620 state-owned liquor and wine stores, and to allow the sale of alcohol by non-state retailers, has been raging in Pennsylvania for several years. In 2010, then-gubernatorial candidate (now governor) Tom Corbett made alcohol privatization a key part of his election campaign. Since then, advocates for state control and new research findings regarding its effectiveness have helped fight off the ill-fated plan.

When the 21st Amendment repealed national prohibition in 1933, states became responsible for
regulating alcoholic beverages. While many states decided to license private businesses to sell alcohol,
18 states chose to control alcohol sales themselves. The goal was to provide a legal way for people
to obtain alcohol, but also encourage moderate consumption by reducing economic incentives for
maximum sales.

States that currently have monopolies over control either beer, wine, or spirits (or some combination)
are: Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina,
Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In
addition, Montgomery County, Maryland controls spirits, beer, and wine (the only jurisdiction that
controls all three). …
(Source: Alcohol Justice, 06/27/12)

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Driving under the Influence, Global, Health, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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