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new year WHO and EU can make a substantial step forward towards a
successful strategy reducing alcohol harm. And that politicians
always think of the millions of children who are living in a family
with alcohol problems.
Marin Institute's Michele
Simon on NPR
Monday December 29, 2008
Simon, JD, MPH, research and policy director at Marin Institute
will be a featured guest on the National Public Radio (NPR) show "Talk of
the Nation" this Monday December 29, 2008 from 3-4 PM (ET).
The live discussion and phone-in show, hosted by Neal Conan,
will explore the topic of "Who is responsible when someone gets drunk?"
Susan Cheever, author of "My Name Is Bill" will also be on
join the national conversation on this important issue, listen and phone-in
or email your question or comment.
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(11/10/2008) Calling For A Convention To Control Alcohol
According to an editorial published on bmj.com, there is an urgent
need for international regulation of alcohol akin to the 2005 framework
convention on tobacco control. Professor Laura Schmidt (Philip R Lee
Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Anthropology, History
and Social Medicine, School of Medicine, University of California, San
Francisco, CA) and colleagues from the USA, Canada, Finland, and Australia
write that worldwide, alcohol is a significant component of disease, injury,
and death, but it is the only commonly-used psychoactive substance that has
yet to face international control. (Source:
(11/06/2008) "Yes - we
politics in Switzerland and in other European countries
we can only be jealous of this will to succeed, which
makes possible what seemed to be impossible. Public
health professionals and the people can be hopeful that
there will be an effective improvement in health
services in the USA.
Anheuser-Busch Will Stop Selling
Alcoholic Energy Drinks
Leading U.S. brewer Anheuser-Busch has agreed to stop selling energy
drinks containing alcohol in response to an investigation by a group of
state attorneys general. The brewer also reached a similar settlement
with the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), in which it
pledged to call on other alcohol producers to also stop making
pre-packaged caffeinated alcohol beverages, according to a June 26
Join Together, 06/26/08)
Comment: Congratulations to George Hacker, CSPI!
Parity Bill Passed by U.S. House of
In a major victory for addiction treatment and
recovery advocates, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill
that would mandate that insurers cover addiction and mental illness on
par with other illnesses. (Source:
Join Together, 03/06/08)
WHO Executive did adopt an important resolution on behalf of the
Sixty-first World Health Assembly requesting a Global Alcohol
Strategy.The resolution was adopted unanimously after 3 amendments
initiated by Cuba. Text of Resolution
of 1/23/08: "Strategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol"
(Source: Eurocare, 1/23/08)
Proposal for a Christmas gift:
Press Release 2
What They're Saying
This book could be helpful outside of the USA too. If time ist too short,
copy this picture and create a gift token. (and order it)
(10/26/2007) On 23 October 2007 the European Commission adopted a
new Health Strategy, 'Together for Health: A Strategic Approach for the
EU 2008-2013'. Building on current work, this Strategy aims
to provide, for the first time, an overarching strategic framework
spanning core issues in health as well as health in all policies and
global health issues. The Strategy aims to set clear objectives to guide
future work on health at the European level, and to put in place an
implementation mechanism to achieve those objectives, working in
partnership with Member States.
CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (BOE)
MAKES HISTORIC DECISION
Alcopops To Be Taxed As Distilled Spirits. The California State Board of
Equalization (BOE), under the strong leadership of State Controller
John Chiang, made history today when they set in motion a rulemaking
procedure to tax alcopops as distilled spirits, instead of the
current "beer" classification. The decision was immediately
applauded by alcohol activists and youth from the California Youth
and Alcopops Coalition, the group that initiated the drive with a
petition to the BOE last fall.
Institute, Homepage with orderform for Newsletter
(06/09/07) California Assembly
Praised for Passing AB 346 – The Alcopops Warning Label Bill
Legislation To Reduce Underage Drinking in California Now Faces Senate
San Rafael, CA, (June 8, 2007) --- On a strong bi-partisan vote of 62 to
13, the California Assembly passed AB 346 yesterday. Introduced by
California Assembly Members Jim Beall (D-San Jose), and Lori Saldana (D-San
Diego), the bill requires warning labels on "alcopops," - sweet, fruity,
soda-pop like flavored alcoholic beverages that are popular with
drinkers. The beverages are currently sold wherever beer is sold
over 15,000 convenience stores, mini-marts and gas stations throughout
(05/19/2007) As reported today in the
Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the
Associated Press, Anheuser-Busch has announced plans to cease
production of Spykes, the controversial sweet candy-flavored,
caffeinated malt beverage that has been attacked by prevention
groups and state attorneys general for its appeal to young people.
An A-B spokesman attributed the decision to the product's "limited
volume potential and unfounded criticism." CSPI's George Hacker
responded with a statement released to the press today (see below).
Coupled with the company's
tanking "Bud.TV" website, this is an object lesson for the
nation's biggest brewer, a victory for public health and safety, and
proof that the public will not tolerate the aggressive marketing of
alcohol to young people.
See press release
A real Christmas Gift:
STOP (Sober Truth on Preventing) Underage Drinking Act, called the most
significant piece of underage-drinking prevention legislation passed by
Congress in years, has been signed into law on Dec. 20 by President Bush.
(Source: Join Together, 12/22/06)
Going for STOP: US-Congress
Passes First Major Underage-Drinking Law. Bush is expected to sign
the bill into law.
A bill that's being called an important first step towards addressing the
national problem of underage drinking was approved by both the U.S. Senate
and House this week, and heads to President Bush's desk for approval.
The Sober Truth on Preventing (STOP) Underage Drinking Act, which was initially
approved on a 373-23 vote in the House of Representatives on Nov. 14,
passed the Senate by unanimous consent on Dec. 6 and won final approval in a
slightly amended form in the House on Dec. 7.
(See details from
Join Together, 12/08/06
Today opens the second Eurocare/Global Alliance "Bridging
the Gap" Conference in Helsinki, Finland.
We extend our best wishes for a
(11/20/2006) APHA, the American
Public Health Association Seeks
International Treaty on Alcohol
Inspired by the recently enacted Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control, the American Public Health Association (APHA)
is calling for a similar international treaty to address alcohol problems.
The APHA's Governing Council recently released "A
Call for a Framework Convention on Alcohol Control," imploring the World
Health Organization (WHO) to draft a treaty to address alcohol-related
disease and social harm. The tobacco convention would be the model; the
alcohol treaty would have to be signed by governments worldwide and then
ratified by individual nations for it to come into effect.
The APHA urged other public-health organizations to support the
development of the Framework Convention on Alcohol Control and asked the
U.S. government to support the planning process.
Comment: It seems this call is well planned to the opening today
of the second Bridging the Gap Conference
Join Together, 11/17/06)
(10/25/06) Commission adopts Communication on reducing alcohol related harm in
The European Commission today adopted a Communication setting out an EU
strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm. The
Communication addresses the adverse health effects of harmful and hazardous
alcohol consumption in Europe, which is estimated to cause the deaths of
195,000 people a year in the EU.
An EU strategy to support Member States in reducing alcohol related harm
the article below we learn that The Brewers of
Europe, argues that there is no need for Europe wide action. It was written
by the Weinberg Group, an American company previously involved in the
tobacco industry’s campaign to undermine evidence on the harmful effects of
Its content is remarkably similar to the tobacco industry reports that
contended there was insufficient evidence that its products caused any harm
or that preventive measures would be effective.
(Source: Marin Insitute Alcohol
Article in the British Medical Journal, 10/29/06 Abstract
Full text, payable
"Mission Accomplished" in War on Drugs?
(August 7, 2006)
A mostly overlooked article published in late June put forth an
interesting proposition: that the U.S. war on drugs has already been won.
Writing in the
Columbus Dispatch on June 30, Ohio State University historian John C.
Burnham recounted a recent meeting of seven former U.S. drug czars at the
University of Maryland, held to mark the 35th anniversary of the appointment
of the first U.S. drug czar, Jerome H. Jaffee, who served in the Nixon
administration from 1971 to 1973.
"The seven former czars and former staff members held remarkably
unanimous views, though they come from a variety of backgrounds and included
Democrats and Republicans who worked for five very different presidents. And
what they had to say was often surprising," wrote Burnham. "The main
conclusion -- that we won the war on drugs -- was the biggest surprise,
because advocates of illegal drugs have in recent years filled the media
with rhetoric about 'the failed war on drugs.' (Source:
Join Together, 8/4/06)
War on Drugs (Part 1)
Join Together received an unprecedented number of
passionate, thoughtful responses to their feature story on a June gathering
of former drug czars.
Yesterday, on June 22, 2006 the Global Resolution was sent to
the FIFA in Zurich
Influential medical organizations and
grassroots groups from around the world today called on FIFA, the governing body
for the World Cup, to get rid of alcohol promotion at World Cup events and on
match broadcasts. More than 260 diverse health, youth, sports, and religious
groups from 43 nations endorsed a global resolution urging World Cup organizers
to stop undermining the positive values of sport by putting beer ads in front of
so many young soccer fans worldwide. Here you
find all documents.
(23.05.2006) Global Resolution to End Alcohol Promotion in World Cup
Events des Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1875 Connecticut
Avenue NW #3 00, Washington, DC 20016 USA
We are circulating the Global Resolution to End Alcohol
Promotion in World Cup Events (PDF) to highlight the
inappropriate use of sports to market alcoholic beverages, especially to
audiences that include millions of impressionable young people. The
statement calls on FIFA, the World Cup governing body, to examine the role
of alcohol in its games and to adopt policies that would minimize and
eventually eliminate alcohol promotion and advertising from future World
Please join public health and safety activists and youth
advocates around the world by endorsing the Resolution and contacting us
no later than June 6, 2006.
(31.03.2006) "Study Puts a Cork in Belief That
a Little Wine Helps the Heart"
Maugh II, (Los
Angeles Times, Mar. 30, 2006)
"If you think a glass of wine in the evening is good for your heart,
think again. The long-held belief that moderate drinking reduces your risk
of a heart attack or dying is based on flawed data and is most likely
wrong, according to a study released today."
Harvard World Health News
Angeles Times, Mar. 30, 2006 (Free registration
required) See Research
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Boston, MA 02116
State substance-abuse agencies typically had the ear of governors and key
policymakers at the height of the War on Drugs in the late 1980s and early
1990s. Today, however, just a handful of states retain cabinet-level
agencies dedicated to alcohol and other drug treatment and prevention.
Responding to this disturbing trend, a policy panel led by former
Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis will
begin work this week on determining which state organizational and
financial structures most effectively support policies to prevent and
treat substance-use problems, which affect an estimated 37 million
"Alcohol and drug problems involve governors and multiple government
departments in each state, cost states millions each year, and have a
devastating impact on families across the country," said Dukakis.
"This panel of national leaders will look at the history of our
current government structures for addressing these issues, examine
research, listen to experts, and then recommend the most effective ways
states can help the largest number of people get prevention, intervention,
and treatment services for alcohol and drug problems."
The national Blueprint for the States Policy Panel, convened by Join
Together, a project of the Boston University School of Public Health, will
hold its first meeting in Boston Dec. 15-16. Public testimony will be
heard at hearings in Santa Fe, N.M., in January 2006 and in Washington,
D.C., in February 2006. Written testimony also will be collected
electronically at www.jointogether.org during those months.
The panel expects to release its recommendations in June, 2006.
Since 1991, Join Together has convened eight policy panels, which have
issued influential recommendations on issues such as treatment quality,
discrimination, policies to reduce and prevent substance-use problems, and
the role of criminal justice in alcohol and drug issues.
Join Together works to advance effective alcohol and drug policy,
prevention and treatment. Major funding for Join Together is provided by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Boston University School of
Public Health. For further information on the Blueprint for the States
Policy Panel, contact Roberta Leis at 617-437-1500 or email.
Panel members are:
Chair: Michael S. Dukakis, J.D., former Governor, Massachusetts,
and Democratic Nominee for President of the U.S.
Since 1991, Gov. Dukakis has been a visiting professor at Northeastern
University, and taught in the senior executive program for state and local
managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
as well as at Florida Atlantic University and at the University of
California at Los Angeles.
- Diana Bonta, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kaiser
Permanente, Southern Region, California; former California Department
of Health Services Director.
- Barbara Cimiglio, Deputy Commissioner, Division of
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Vermont.
- Judge Karen Freeman-Wilson (ret), CEO, National
Association of Drug Court Professionals; Chair, Indiana Governor's
Commission for Drug Free Indiana; and former Indiana Attorney General.
- Sidney L. Gardner, President of Children and Family
- The Hon. Pat George, Kansas House Republican Legislator.
- Patricia Kempthorne, First Lady, Idaho; Co-Chair of
Governor's Coordinating Council for Families and Children; and
Leadership Committee member of Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol
- Tom McHale, Work Family Representative for the United
Auto Workers-General Motors Commercial Truck Center and Board Member
of Faces and Voices of Recovery.
- Katie McQueen, M.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor
College of Medicine and University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston; and Medical Director, Harris County Hospital District
Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Treatment Program.
- Paul Roman, Distinguished Research Professor,
University of Georgia; Director, Center for Research on Behavioral
Health and Human Services Delivery's Institute for Behavioral Health
- Ken Stark, Director, Mental-Health Transformation
Project; former Director, Washington Division of Alcohol and Substance
Join Together invites written testimony, submitted by email to email@example.com.
All submitted testimony will be read by the panelists and will be
considered in their deliberations. This is your opportunity to have an
impact on state policy before any recommendations are formulated!
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Reports by Eurocare in the "THE
GLOBE" 1 & 2 - 2004
This text from the WHO-publication: Alcohol and massmedia looks as a key to
the problem of alcohol education vs alcohol promotion
from the German version)
"Alkohol und Massenmedien" (Regionale
Veröffentlichungen der WHO/Europäische Schriftenreihe Nr. 62, 1998) (With WHO
Alcohol education shows only limited success because it has to battle against
a mass of messages which further the consumption of alcohol. The top source of
alcohol-positive messages is the reality in society, are the broad and visible
availability of alcoholic beverages, as well as the omnipresence and acceptance
of alcohol in all the the various every day situations and contents. How man take a
position to health related themes is more determinded by experience but by
information. Often the personal experience of the social norms and behaviour
make uncredible the wise advice of the anti-alcohol education.