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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 »

OECD launched its report “Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use”

Dienstag 12. Mai 2015 von htm

Yesterday, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) launched its report “Tackling Harmful Alcohol Use”, a report assessing alcohol policy scenarios. The report has been developed over the last years and the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (Eurocare) welcomes the report and its strong recommendations for governments to implement evidence based and cost-effective alcohol policies.

Mariann Skar, Secretary General of the European Alcohol Policy Alliance, says: “Today OECD has presented a strong message to European Governments, the European Commission and the public health community. Even the most expensive interventions like health care and work place interventions are cost-effective and will give both an economic and health benefit when implemented. Most alcohol policies are not expensive to implement and leads to great health and economic benefits. Furthermore, the report shows the importance of addressing broad policy approaches such as price and marketing in addition to policies addressing only the ones who drink most”.

OECD launched its report yesterday at 11 am at OECD in Paris and at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The report and OECD press releases can be found here. 

The report comes in a time of great discussions on alcohol policies in the European Union. In April 2015, the European Health Ministers agreed on the need for common EU Alcohol Policies and addressed the need for more developments from the European Commission. Later the same month, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for a new EU Alcohol Strategy. These calls both respond to the lack of new initiatives from the European Commission, after the previous EU Alcohol Strategy which technically expired in 2012. The OECD report gives important knowledge to the discussion and policy recommendations to the Member States and the European Commission in their upcoming initiatives addressing alcohol related harm.
(Source: Eurocare)

Comment: Swiss politicians will ignore it as usual.

 

Kategorie: Allgemein, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Social Costs, societal effects, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Alcohol Awareness Week 2012: 19-25 November „It’s time to talk about drinking“

Montag 13. August 2012 von htm

Alcohol Concern, the national charity for alcohol misuse, have announced Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) 2012 on the theme of „It’s time to talk about drinking“.

Alcohol Concern hopes it will help trigger all kinds of conversations about the health risks, social problems, stigmas and taboos associated with talking about the dangers of Hair of the dog alcohol. A set of conversation starter cards are available to download.

The release also states:

‚One of the main ways we are going to start the conversation is by challenging people to give up alcohol for a month in January. From AAW people will be able to sign up either as an individual or a team to give up drinking for a month. We’re going to ask people to pledge money or get sponsored to motivate them to stick at the challenge. We’ll also be providing people with tips and information on cutting down and how this will help their health, sleeping patterns and general wellbeing.‘ …
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 08/12/12)
Comment: The theme „Let’s talk about alcohol“ for an alcohol awareness week in Switzerland was misused in some places by talking about how normal it is to drink.

Kategorie: Allgemein, consumption, Events, Global, Health, Prevention, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

Building a Better World is Being ACTIVE

Sonntag 12. August 2012 von htm

Statement: Active Congress 2012 on Iceland celebrates the International Youth Day

To the world, the 12th of August is the International Youth Day. To Active, every day is a youth day worth celebrating. We are 28 organizations from 22 different European countries who fight passionately for empowering young people to be active citizens. Celebrating the 12th of August, means for us to celebrate our year-long efforts all over Europe.

In Active we empower youth by combining partying and politics, safe environments and creative ideas: wild dancing whenever we feel for it and heated debates on policy programs; jamming music together and discussing the future Plan of Action.

Like this we have celebrated the International Youth Day for the last week, during our 2012 Active Camp and Congress on Iceland.

For us, making the world better is about creating alcohol free environments where young people thrive best to become productive thinkers, creative activists, compassionate leaders, and conscious citizens.

Young people deserve getting the best opportunities to use their full potential for making the world a better place. ….
(Source: Active statement, 08/12/12)

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, Documents, Events, Global, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

THE GLOBE – Issue 3, 2012

Samstag 11. August 2012 von htm

Content:
65th World Health Assembly – Non-communicable Diseases – Alcohol Target Missing
Also in this issue:

– NCDA Global Platform faces opposition from COI coalition
– One in eight deaths in Europe between the ages of 15 and 64 “is caused by alcohol”
– German medical students not taught about alcohol problems
– Leading alcohol beverage producers agree to extend common marketing standards and reinforce selfregulation across the EU
– Study on the affordability of alcoholic beverages in the EU
– Irish Republic and Northern Ireland come together to hold first All-Island conference on alcohol
– French Breathalyser Law
etc.
THE GLOBE, Issue 3 2012

Kategorie: Allgemein, Education, Global, mortality, Non-communicable diseases, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, Watchdogs, WHO | 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 »

UK: Drink driving figures not achieving desired reduction says ACPO

Donnerstag 26. Juli 2012 von htm

The proportion of those failing a breath test has not fallen significantly, figures from the latest police drink and drug campaign and enforcement drive show.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) announced that 4,857 (5.8%) of the 83,224 drivers tested during the month long campaign in June 2012 tested positive, refused or failed a breath test. Although a slight improvement on the 6% rate the previous year, ACPO said they are „disappointed“ that a small proportion are refusing to the get the message about the dangers of drink and drug driving. ….
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 07/25/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Driving under the Influence, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Watchdogs | 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 »

USA: Increase in Cigarette Prices Leads to Rise in Binge Drinking Among Young Adults

Mittwoch 18. Juli 2012 von htm

The study found increased cigarette prices due to taxes did not decrease smoking rates in people under 30, The Atlantic reports.

The researchers based their findings on data from the 2001-2006 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System surveys, which included 1.3 million people. They found increases in state cigarette prices were associated with increases in current drinking among people ages 65 and older, and binge and heavy drinking among those ages 21 to 29. They found reductions in smoking among adults ages 30 to 64, drinking among those ages 18 to 20, and binge drinking among those 65 and older.

“Researchers, practitioners, advocates, and policymakers should work together to understand and prepare for these unintended consequences of tobacco taxation policy,” the researchers wrote in the journal Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy.
(Source: Join Together, 07/17/12)

Kategorie: adults, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Global, Non-communicable diseases, Other Drugs, Price, Publications, Research, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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