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Ban alcohol adverts across Europe, urges alliance of experts

Dienstag 22. Mai 2012 von htm

Alcohol advertising should be banned in Europe in a bid to drive down excess boozing and associated ill health across the continent, concludes an alliance of experts in a new policy brief.

Alcohol is Europe’s most persistent and devastating addiction problem, says the Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE-RAP), which brings together a network of over 150 researchers with expertise in many different aspects of addiction, including the social and economic impact. …

The briefing notes that the most effective and fairest policies are those which nudge people towards lower consumption, through price hikes, restrictions on availability, and advertising bans.

A minimum unit price, which the Scottish government announced its intention to introduce earlier this week, is supported by research, says the briefing. Scotland has opted for a 50 pence minimum unit price, while England is considering a 40 pence option. …

The evidence shows that alcohol adverts push people into higher and more harmful levels of consumption and trigger relapse among those trying to give up booze. Furthermore, it can encourage young people to start drinking, says the brief, which advocates a wholesale ban.

“Europeans drink more than twice the world’s average and alcohol represents the number one addiction problem in Europe today, greater than any other drug or gambling, “ said Dr Peter Anderson, Professor of Substance Use, Policy and Practice, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, and co-leader of the project, speaking at the report’s launch yesterday.

“Our aim with this policy brief is to help decision makers across the EU and beyond break the negative pattern of harmful alcohol consumption and costs by providing much needed scientific input to the discussion, which has long been dominated by the alcohol industry lobbyists,” he added.
(Source: Alcohol Reports, News, 05/21/12) onmedica.com, 05/17/12

Comment: Unfortunately many politicians do not like scientific input.

Kategorie: Addiction, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Alerts, Allgemein, Availability, Binge Drinking, consumption, Events, Global, Health, Media, morbidity, mortality, Other Drugs, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Price, Research, Social Costs, societal effects, Statistics, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

The UK Responsibility Deal and its implications for effective alcohol policy in the UK and internationally

Donnerstag 17. Mai 2012 von htm

In 2010, the UK Government’s Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network (RDAN) was set up with representatives of the alcohol industry and health organisations. Acknowledging that RDAN does not advance public health objectives, the health groups withdrew from RDAN in 2011. This editorial argues that social responsibility deals as in RDAN and the European Alcohol Health Forum will be significantly undermined unless Corporate Social Responsibility is consistent in all activities across the whole sector. … (Editorial in “Addiction” by DR ADRIAN BONNER &
PROFESSOR SIR IAN GILMORE)
Source: Alcohol Reports, 05/15/12) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 05/15/12

Kategorie: Addiction, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, European Alcohol and Health Forum, Global, Health, Labels, Media, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Price, Publications, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Event: Revitalising Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategies in Europe: Learning from Evidence Based Interventions

Dienstag 15. Mai 2012 von htm

Thursday 28th June 2012, Stanhope Hotel, Brussels
Key Speakers
Prof. Sir Ian Gilmore, Chair, European Alcohol and Health Forum Science Group; Chair, UK Alcohol Health Alliance; President, Royal College of Physicians; Consultant Physician, Royal Liverpool University Hospitals
Mrs. Doris Sarrazin, Take Care Project, Germany

Alcohol consumption is a growing public health and social concern in the EU. Europe has the highest proportion of drinkers in the world, the highest levels of alcohol consumption per capita and a high level of alcohol-related harm. Accountable for over 7% of all ill-health and early deaths, even moderate alcohol consumption increases the long term risk of liver disease, cancer and heart conditions. Furthermore, harmful and hazardous consumption has a broader social impact such as violence, family problems, crime, social exclusion and low productivity at work. These, in turn, generate costs related to health care, law enforcement and public order, and workplaces, and thus have a negative impact on economic development and on society as a whole. …

This timely International Symposium seeks to harness actions which have been put in place to reduce alcohol-related harm and share good practices, as well as identify gaps where further progress can be made. Alcohol abuse is a complex issue that negatively impacts the wider community and it is essential for stakeholders to discuss the various intervention and prevention strategies. The Symposium is an invaluable opportunity to examine the latest initiatives at both EU and national levels and consider recommendations for future actions to reduce harmful effects of alcohol misuse.

Public Policy Exchange welcomes the participation of all key partners, responsible authorities and stakeholders. The Symposium will support the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in thought-provoking topical debate.

Delegates will:

Exchange best practices for alcohol-related prevention strategies
Share evidence-based experiences on prevention, intervention and improving access to services
Explore appropriate frameworks for multi-sectoral cooperation
Provide recommendations to the decision-makers and industry in Europe
Analyse existing cross-border projects to combat alcohol misuse in Europe

(Source: publicpolicyexchange.co.uk, 05/15/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Events, Global, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Up to 210,000 people in England and Wales will be killed prematurely by alcohol over the next 20 years

Freitag 24. Februar 2012 von htm

Up to 210,000 people in England and Wales will be killed prematurely by alcohol over the next 20 years, with a third of those preventable deaths due to liver disease alone, health experts warned Monday.

Other alcohol-related deaths will be due to accidents, violence and suicide, or from chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and cancer, the experts warned in a projection study in the Lancet medical journal.

Yet Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians and one of the lead authors of the work, said it was “entirely within the power of the UK government” to take steps to tackle Britain’s drink problem and “prevent the worst-case scenario of avoidable deaths.”

The experts pointed to measures taken in the former Soviet Union in the 1980s, which they said saw alcohol consumption fall by a third in two years with a resulting 12 percent drop in the rate of alcohol-related deaths.

The warning comes after British Prime Minister David Cameron promised last week to crack down on excessive drinking, calling it a “scandal” that costs the taxpayer-funded National Health System an estimated 2.7 billion pounds ($4.3 billion) a year. …
(Source: Harvard World Health News, 02/23/12) reuters.com, 02/19/12

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, Social Costs, Statistics, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

Britain’s Hidden Alcoholics – Alastair Campbell explores ‘middle class’ drinking

Mittwoch 22. Februar 2012 von htm

A Panorama feature this week explored the issue of “Britain’s hidden alcoholics” and is available on BBC iplayer until 4th March 2012.

The programme is an account from Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spokesman, on ‘the British middle class’s troubled relationship with alcohol and his own long and complicated history with drink.’ A supporting article is available to read here.

Alastair Campbell meets some of the increasing number of Britain’s middle-class professionals for whom one glass of wine after work is never enough, and asks if we all need to reassess our relationship with drink.

Alastair, Tony Blair’s former closest advisor, knows from bitter experience the true cost of excessive boozing: his alcoholism contributed to his nervous breakdown. …
(Source: alcoholpolicy.net, 02/21/12)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, Media, Personalities, Publications | Keine Kommentare »

Current status of alcohol marketing policy—an urgent challenge for global governance

Samstag 18. Februar 2012 von htm

Abstract: Aims To review research literature and available information on the extent and impacts of marketing, current policy response and the interests engaged in the policy debate in order to inform recommendations for policy change on alcohol marketing.

Methods; Relevant literature, including systematic reviews and publicly available information (websites and participant observation) is reviewed and synthesized.

Results: Alcohol marketing has expanded markedly in the past 50 years and, while there remains uncertainty about the impact across the population, there is now clear evidence of its impact on the consumption of young people. Few countries have effective policy in place restricting alcohol marketing, and there is a lack of an international response to alcohol marketing which crosses national boundaries. The protection of alcohol marketing has been a major focus for vested interest groups and this has affected governmental response at national and international levels. There has been a lack of non-governmental organization engagement. The policy response to tobacco marketing provides a clear contrast to that of alcohol marketing policy and provides a model for alcohol marketing policy.

Conclusion: The global exposure of young people to alcohol marketing requires an urgent policy response. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provides an appropriate model for global governance to control alcohol marketing. There are extant examples of national level legislation achieving comprehensive bans with France’s Loi Evin providing a feasible model. Resources from philanthropic organizations to allow non-governmental organization engagement are urgently required, as is engagement by the governmental sector independent of commercial influence. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/13/12) onlinelibrary.wiley.com, 02/08/12

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, Media, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

FIFA is forcing Brazilian government to change law

Samstag 21. Januar 2012 von htm

Press Release IOGT-International, 01/21/12
Fifa, football’s world governing body, keeps insisting that alcohol must be sold at all venues hosting matches in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Fifa even speaks of a right to sell beer. But alcohol is currently banned from Brazilian stadiums as part of measures to reduce violence in football and to improve public health in general. The country’s health minister has urged Congress to maintain the ban in the new “World Cup law”.

But Fifa is not willing to accept these arguments and Secretary-General Jerome Valcke says: “Alcoholic drinks are part of the Fifa World Cup, so we’re going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant but that’s something we won’t negotiate.”

“No, we do not excuse your arrogance,” says Mr. Sven-Olov Carlsson, President of IOGT International, “and we cannot accept that Fifa is willing to jeopardize the fun of the game, the safety of children and families and the positive social development in Brazilian society.”
“We suggest Fifa to take a good, hard look at its own Corporate Social Responsibility because words should be followed by deeds,” urges Mr. Carlsson.

Fifa writes on its webpage: “Ensuring that the game of football reflects the highest values of society is essential to Fifa. Through its regulations and actions on and off the pitch, Fifa fights negative influences on the game and ensures that the fundamental values are respected.”

A WHO study carried out in (among others) Brazil, showed that about 46% of violence-related cases included alcohol use. The study also demonstrated that violence related injuries increase with alcohol use. Global evidence shows that alcohol marketing, like sports sponsorship, causes earlier onset of alcohol use among youth and heavier alcohol use for those already consuming. All over the world, alcohol is an obstacle for development and human dignity. It is the socially the most harmful drug.

“That’s why IOGT International strongly supports the Brazilian Health Minister and calls on the Brazilian Parliament to keep football stadiums free from alcohol,” says Mr. Carlsson and continues:
“Football is about creativity and freedom. Alcohol is not. So, why does Fifa force them together and knowingly accept that people will suffer? For the profit? We demand from Fifa to take its own words seriously and put people before profit. Let’s set football free.”

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, Availability, Children, consumption, Development, Documents, Events, Global, Parents, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, societal effects, Sports, Violence and crimes, Watchdogs, WHO, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

EU: Barroso promotes special interests instead of welfare of young Europeans

Freitag 25. November 2011 von htm

The financial crisis in Europe is affecting young people’s overall emotional well-being and capacity to learn. A report from Glasgow City Council highlights how pupils’ emotional stability underpins their ability to learn. In Estonia a notable rise in abuse of alcohol among youth is reported. However, EU countries report that social spending is bearing the heaviest austerity burden: e.g. the German “savings package” requires 37% of the savings to be taken from social spending.

At the same time the President of the European Commission Mr. Barroso finds the time to attend a gala of the alcohol lobbyist Brewers of Europe, to join their special interests by recognizing the “important contribution to European economy. And the value added of the sector to the economy is estimated at €50 Billion.”

The costs of the social harm caused by alcohol every year in the EU, however, are more than twice of that sum: €125 Billion.
“Mr. Barroso displays exactly the kind of thinking that got us into the crisis in the first place. Short-term profit thinking instead of long-term vision rooted in sustainable policies”, says Andrea Lavesson, President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace.

The EU is the heaviest alcohol consuming region in the world. Only the economic consequences, let alone the social and democratic harm, are enormous: productivity losses because of alcohol (absenteeism, unemployment and premature death) amount to €59 Billion per year.
In the face of these facts, it remains a riddle how the President of the European Commission can say things like: “And indeed the Commission looks to your industry as a key partner in pushing forward our growth agenda towards a more smart, inclusive and sustainable Europe, our Europe 2020 agenda.” … (Source: JOINT PRESS RELEASE by Active and The European Youth Forum (YFJ), 25.11.11)

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Alerts, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Europaparlament / EU-Kommission, Global, Health, Internationales, mortality, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Price, Social Costs, Statistics, Workplace, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol policy a joke, says British Liver Trust

Freitag 18. November 2011 von htm

Government-led policies on alcohol throughout the UK have been branded a joke by the chief executive of the charity the British Liver Trust.
Andrew Langford spoke as figures showed a 70% rise in liver cancer deaths in England and Wales since 1977.
The UK also has the highest rate of oesophageal cancer in Europe. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 11/14/11) bbc.co.uk, 11/14/11 Comment: Alcohol policy is a joke in many countries, e.g. Switzerland.

Kategorie: Allgemein, consumption, Global, Health, mortality, Non-communicable diseases, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Research, Social Costs, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Prevention of Teen Substance Abuse …

Donnerstag 17. November 2011 von htm

Prevention of Teen Substance Abuse Must Start with Tackling America’s Underage Drinking Epidemic. Let’s Make it Cool for Teens Not to Drink!

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.A recent survey of 7th through 11th graders in the Connecticut gold coast town of Westport, Connecticut, nails the importance of targeting alcohol use among teens for parents, teachers, pediatricians and public health professionals who seek to prevent teen substance abuse and addiction.

The survey by the Governor’s Prevention Initiative for Youth revealed that 25 percent of the town’s 9th graders, 37 percent of 10th graders, and 60 percent of 11th graders had been drinking alcohol in the previous 30 days. Translated from substance abuse statistical jargon to plain English, this means that these high school freshman, sophomores and juniors are current drinkers, likely drinking regularly. … (Source: CASA, Chairman’s Corner, 11/15/11)

our online-comment:
As long as politicians are not willing to reduce the harmful impact of the alcohol industry on society (TV-marketing is only one sector of many) in order to reduce alcohol consumption in general, youth will miss the good example and will hardly be convinced by educational prevention. Alcohol-lobbies are a sort of corruption. Not only in the Third World.

Kategorie: Addiction, adults, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alerts, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, consumption, Education, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Other Drugs, Parents, Parliaments / Governments, Personalities, Politics, Prevention, Publications, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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