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Conflict over liquor sachets in Malawi

Dienstag 8. März 2011 von htm

Malawi now experiences a conflict over liquor sachets. Government and NGOs versus alcohol producers. Health versus profits. Also other countries in Africa face problems with the small plastic bags with strong liquor.
A few years ago a variety of small plastic sachets with 40 % spirits were introduced to the markets place in a number of African countries. Now problems have become very visible from the sale and use of such alcoholic beverages, in particular among the youth and the poor. This has resulted in public outcry and political discussions in an attempt to do something to the problem.
In Malawi there was an encouraging political process last year which aimed at banning the sale of liquor in plastic sachets. Now, as a result of a court decision, the process has stalled. Governments and NGOs have their hands tied up by the court injunction, while the strong liquor continues to be sold to minors, through legal and illegal channels. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/08/11) add-resources.org, 03/07/11

Kategorie: Addiction, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Court Case, Development, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Ignition interlocks cut drunken driving

Mittwoch 2. März 2011 von htm

Ignition devices that stop drivers from starting their vehicles if they are over the alcohol limit help prevent people convicted of driving under the influence from re-offending, according to a new study.
Re-arrest rates for alcohol-impaired driving decrease by 67 percent after the ignition interlocks are installed compared to drivers with suspended licenses, said the study by researchers at the Community Guide branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Around 200,000 vehicles in the United States are fitted with interlock devices that are used to prevent drunken driving by people convicted of such offenses. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 02/28/11) reuters.com, 02/22/11

Kategorie: Allgemein, Court Case, Driving under the Influence, Global, Prevention, Research, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

Mayor’s report proposes ‚alcohol sobriety scheme‘ for London

Freitag 25. Februar 2011 von htm

Members of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) have received a report from the Mayor on the proposal of a alcohol sobriety scheme for London:
‚The compulsory alcohol sobriety scheme is an enforcement approach providing specific powers for the court to order sobriety as an order for alcohol related violence offences. The Mayor is tabling an amendment to the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill for changes in the current law to enable the courts to make this order. The compulsory alcohol requirement will involve twice daily testing and failure of the test will result in immediate breach and sanctions, such as custody.‘ (Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 02/25/11)

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USA: Again: Rape is not an “Alcohol-Realted Problem”

Mittwoch 26. Januar 2011 von htm

In 2008, there were a number of posts on this blog about a rape at the University of Iowa that was terribly mishandled by the school. In the aftermath of publicity about the school’s “poor judgment,” a number of changes were made. The university president publicly apologized, two administrators involved in the case were fired, and the sexual assault policy was revised. A new article (in a Texas newspaper, the Victoria Advocate, oddly enough) following-up on the case also shows that in 2009 the school hired a sexual misconduct response coordinator who was trained to assist victims and make sure they “get treated with care.” So, despite the inexcusably abysmal immediate response for the survivor, the school seems to have taken a number of admirable actions to make sure that such a disaster never happens again. (As an aside, the outcome for the two perpetrators was that one plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and the other was found guilty of misdemeanor assault). … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/26/11) by Sarah M in: Campus news,General commentary safercampus.org, 01/25/11 our Online Comment: Talking about alcohol in the context of rape makes sense. Most of sexual violence has to do with alcohol. To reduce harm is one way to tackle the problem. Having lessons on sexual violence is an other way which is necessary too. But to start with the most effective measure is good. The other question is if the University finds the right way to reduce alcohol consumption on the campus. Most of the Universities haven’t found yet a good solution, because there is a lot of money involved. E.g. advertising. There’s a new study this month.

Kategorie: Advertising, Allgemein, Availability, Binge Drinking, Court Case, Gender, Global, Health, Legal Drinking Age, Prevention, Publications, Violence and crimes, Workplace, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Jefferson Parish’s new alcohol review committee flexes rediscovered muscles

Mittwoch 12. Januar 2011 von htm

For more than two decades, the codified method to regulate which businesses could sell alcohol in Jefferson Parish had lain dormant. That changed in March, and the newly constituted Alcohol Beverage Permit Review Committee has kicked its operations into high gear.
The Parish Council will weigh the committee’s recommendations that it bar seven establishments, mostly in the Fat City area of Metairie, from renewing their annual alcohol retail permits. And in a sign that the committee is extending its reach beyond that contentious cluster of low-rent apartments, bars and strip mall parking lots, the council will also consider suspending the permits for seven more businesses, including three along Airline Drive. … (Source: Google Alcohol News, 01/12/11) nola.com, 01/11/11

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Beverage serving tests, Court Case, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: ALCOHOL & CRIME IN WYOMING 2009-2010

Montag 27. Dezember 2010 von htm

This report contains alcohol-related information collected in all twenty-three counties in Wyoming during a twelve-month time period (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010) by the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police. Information was collected from a total of 18,863 persons who were arrested and subsequently detained in a county detention facility. The alcohol-related arrest data contained in this report provides a detailed, statistical picture of the impact of alcohol abuse on crime in Wyoming. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/26/10) wascop.com (pdf)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Court Case, Driving under the Influence, Global, Publications, Research, Statistics, Violence and crimes, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol Abuse among Native Americans

Montag 20. Dezember 2010 von htm

Alcohol abuse among Native Americans has lead to many woes for these tribal nations. Many tribes have banned alcohol on their reservations, but there is much controversy over what is best for these people.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on the border between South Dakota and Nebraska, has been wrestling with their alcohol ban for decades. This reservation was created in 1889, but the prohibition of alcohol sales to American Indians dates back to 1832. Even though it has been an alcohol free reservation since its origin, the tribe has a huge alcohol problem. Four out of every five families in this county have an alcoholic member, and the alcoholism has severe effects here. Unemployment is at 80%, it is the second poorest county in the nation, and life expectancy is the second lowest in the whole Northern Hemisphere. 90% of adult trials on this reservation are directly related to alcohol. Police are swamped with enforcing the alcohol ban and dealing with the mess of those that break the law. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/19/10) bloghealthwolrd.blogspot.com, 12/17/10

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Court Case, Development, Global, Health, Politics, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Dartmouth Fraternity Faces Felony Alcohol Charges

Montag 6. Dezember 2010 von htm

Felony charges were leveled against a Dartmouth College fraternity after a 17-year-old high school student was hospitalized following a night of drinking, police said.
The Psi Upsilon fraternity was served with two felony complaints for providing alcoholic beverages to minors, Hanover police said. Chief Nicholas Giaccone said a prospective student had to be rushed to a hospital after a night of drinking. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 12/04/10) wmur.com, 12/03/10 Comment: A wonder that parents still send their children to such a college.

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, Court Case, Global, Health, Parents, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Collegiate Newspapers Lose Bid to Take Alcohol Ad Ban to Supreme Court

Freitag 3. Dezember 2010 von htm

The Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought by student newspapers in Virginia challenging a state ban on alcohol advertising in their pages, The Roanoke Times reported Nov. 30.
The Collegiate Times of Virginia Tech and The Cavalier Daily of the University of Virginia sued the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in 2006, challenging state regulations that outlawed most alcohol advertising in newspapers serving college students under 21. They argued that the regulations violated their First Amendment rights, Student Press Law Center reported June 9, 2006. (Source: Join Together, 12/01/10)

Kategorie: Advertising, Allgemein, Court Case, Global, Media, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Marginalized in the headlines, major in society

Freitag 26. November 2010 von htm

Violence against women is huge problem in European lives.
November 25th was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and we have read several
press releases from different civil society organization. Yesterday. Many organizations, not least the United
Nations, have tried over the years to raise awareness about the problem that violence against women creates
for societies. After all already in 1999 did the General Assembly of the UN designate the 25th of November to
be this special day.
“Also many of our members have used this day over the years to raise awareness,” says Andrea Lavesson, the
President of Active – sobriety, friendship and peace. “However, we have to be honest and face the fact that violence
against women doesn’t make it into the headlines. Individual cases might make it into tabloids but media
coverage of this paramount societal problem is non-existent.”
As a matter of fact, almost 25% of all women in Europe have experienced physical violence at least once during
their adult lives. More than one-tenth of European girls and women have suffered sexual abuse. … (Source: violenceagainst womenPRESS RELEASE
Press contact: Maik Duennbier, alcoholpolicy@activeeurope.org, 26th of November 2010)

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Court Case, Events, Global, Health, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, Statistics, Violence and crimes, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

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