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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 »

N: Government Takes Action against Passive Drinking

Donnerstag 5. Juli 2012 von htm

Every year, 1.5 million people in Norway are affected by others‘ alcohol consumption.
In this frame, the government is concerned about the increasing damage of alcohol, the result of the increasing alcohol consumption.

The report presented by the government assumes that 50 000 to 150 000 children living with their parents in Norway are in risk due to alcohol consumption.
(Source: Alcohol Reports, 07/2/12) The Nordic Page Norway, 06/25/12

Kategorie: Allgemein, Children, consumption, Global, Parents, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, Social Costs, societal effects, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

AU: Sports get $25m to curb binge drinking

Samstag 30. Juni 2012 von htm

TWELVE sports associations will become teetotal when it comes to alcohol sponsorship after a $25 million deal with the government.

The groups have struck a deal to promote safe alcohol consumption by adults, alcohol-free sporting environments for minors and to reduce alcohol promotion in their codes.

But the AFL and NRL were not part of the deal. Those that do have a stake include national associations for soccer, basketball, netball, swimming, cycling, hockey, athletics, skateboarding, volleyball, equestrian, triathlon and canoeing. They will be precluded from sponsorship that promotes alcohol consumption as it would be in conflict with the health campaign message of Be the Influence, Tackling Binge Drinking.

(Source: Harvard World Health News, 06/29/12) smh.com.au, 06/24/12

Kategorie: adults, Advertising, Allgemein, Documents, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, societal effects, Sports, Youth | 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 »

Eurocare Newsletter 6/2012

Donnerstag 21. Juni 2012 von htm

In Focus
Launch of Eurocare recommendations for a future EU alcohol strategy
Estonia is developing an alcohol policy green paper

News from Eurocare
Actis (Norway): The Government says no to curbing serving hours
Alcohol and Society (Denmark) challenges Carlsberg over the promotion of alcohol in Denmark
Alcohol Focus Scotland: Scottish policy developments
SLAN (Sweden): Summer updates

News from the European Union Institutions
Presentations from the 10th meeting of the Committee on National Alcohol Policy and Action
EU Health Programme – Annual report 2010
Health-EU Portal survey ….

News from across Europe

New research and reports

Upcoming events
(Source: Eurocare, 06/19/12)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, Newsletter, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, Sports, Statistics, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

UK: ‚Community Alcohol Networks: A Practitioners Toolkit‘ – Lancashire partnerhsip approach to young people’s drinking

Donnerstag 21. Juni 2012 von htm

ICan_postern Lancashire, Community Alcohol Networks (CANs) have been developed by the Trading Standards Alcohol and Tobacco team, in conjunction with Lancashire Constabulary, to adopt a partnership approach to reduce alcohol-related crime and problems amongst young people.

Lancashire have released a CAN Practitioner Toolkit and a CAN Problem Oriented Partnership report.

The project was established with the aims of reducing young people’s access to alcohol in order to reduce risky drinking and alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour. It also aimed to reduce problems by tackling proxy purchasing through enhanced enforcement activity in identified hotspots. In addition it aimed to raise awareness of alcohol related health and social issues amongst young people, parents and the wider community.

Over 12 weeks the Community Alcohol Networks were claimed to have achieved :

51 per cent reduction in alcohol fuelled anti social behaviour
violent crime has reduced by 22 per cent
criminal damage has seen an 11 per cent reduction ….
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/18/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, Children, consumption, Global, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Research, societal effects, Statistics, Violence and crimes, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

UK: Consultation on alcohol-related hospital admissions data – the end of ‚alcohol-related‘ figures?

Donnerstag 14. Juni 2012 von htm

Consultation on the methods used to estimate alcohol-related hospital admissions for England has been opened by the North West Public Health Observatory (NWPHO).

It was announced that the hospital admissions data would be reviewed when the Public Health Outcomes Framework was released earlier this year, stating ‚the preferred option is for an indicator based on just alcohol-related primary diagnoses, to minimise the risk of perverse consequences from any changes in coding practice so the indicator rewards local areas for good performance.‘

Hospital admissions data was formerly used to monitor ‚National Indicator (NI) 39‘ performance under ‚Local Area Agreements‘ (LAA). However LAAs were scrapped under the Government’s Localism agenda, although areas can still monitor hospital admissions data through the Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) site and are reviewed in the annual national alcohol statistics.

The Morning Advertiser reported that the trade is concerned that such data influences Government alcohol policies. Kate Nicholls, strategic affairs director at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers said „Too often in the past we have seen alcohol-related statistics over-stated and over-played or used as a public health political football.“

Concerns may reflect alcohol-related admissions figures which now top over a million attributable admissions per year, attracting media headlines. Primary alcohol diagnosis admissions are however less than 200,000 per year. Alcohol-related admissions account for the impact of conditions such as hypertension where alcohol plays a key role in many cases. …

Download the consultation document here [pdf] and response form. NWPHO
(Source: Alcohol Policy UK, 06/13/12)

Comment: The industry isn’t pleased, let’s change the rules.

Kategorie: Addiction, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Publications, Research, Statistics, Treatment | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol Industry v Health Ministry 1:0

Freitag 8. Juni 2012 von htm

Sport is not an arena for alcohol promotion

This weekend, UEFA Euro 2012 kicks off in Warsaw. During the next weeks 1.4 million fans are expected at the stadiums, and millions of people will follow the championship from more than 200 territories around the world. This is a brilliant opportunity to promote sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle. However, looking at the sponsors to UEFA Euro 2012, healthy lifestyle is not the message put forward when exposing the audience with sponsors such as Coca Cola, McDonalds and Carlsberg. Carlsberg is one of the leading breweries in the world, and is one of the official sponsors to the UEFA Euro 2012.

In 2009, global sponsorship spending was estimated for 44.8 billion USD; compared to 5.6 billion in 1987. It must be working and paying off. ‘It is extremely disappointing that with such an unique platform UEFA with silent blessing of political leaders is choosing to promote alcohol over health. To associate and brand football together with alcohol is more than problematic. It is simply lack of any long term consideration of the impact bad health will have on the population.’ says Mariann Skar- Secretary General of European Alcohol Policy Alliance. …
(Source: Eurocare, 06/7/12)

Kategorie: Advertising, Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Availability, Binge Drinking, consumption, Events, Global, Non-communicable diseases, Politics, societal effects, Sports, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

USA: Fewer Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths in States With Heavier Control

Donnerstag 7. Juni 2012 von htm

A new Keystone Research Center report has found that states with more control of the sale and distribution of alcohol have fewer alcohol-related traffic fatalities than states with no such controls. The new analysis showed that with all else equal, a state with control characteristics like Pennsylvania has 58 fewer adult deaths per year from alcohol-related traffic accidents than it would if the state had no control over the distribution of alcohol. The findings reinforce the recent Community Preventive Services Task Force recommendations against the privatization of alcohol sales, and are particularly relevant in Pennsylvania given recent moves to privatize there. Check out Alcohol Justice fact sheets for more info on: – Effectiveness of State Control
– Dangers of Alcohol Sales Privatization
(Source: Alcohol Justice, 6/6/12)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Availability, consumption, Driving under the Influence, Global, mortality, Politics, Prevention, Research, Statistics, Transportation, Watchdogs | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol harms you, others and the society. Why does EU need an alcohol strategy?

Mittwoch 6. Juni 2012 von htm

The current EU Alcohol Strategy is coming to an end in 2012. However Europe is still the world’s heaviest drinking region-

– Alcohol is the world’s number one risk factor for ill-health and premature death amongst the 25 – 59 year old age group, a core of the working age population

– Alcohol related harm is 1 of the 4 risk factors for developing NCDs such as cancer and cardiovascular disease

– Social costs attributable to alcohol account for €155.8 billion

Due to the size of the problem and universal impact this problem requires a comprehensive, coordinated response from policy and decision makers at the European and national levels.

This event will build on the Call for Action from 88 health and social NGOs from across Europe and will be an opportunity to address the issue in the European Parliament to ensure continuation of the efforts to tackle alcohol related harm.

Draft programe

For more informaiton please conact Eurocare Secretariat
When
June 27th, 2012 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location
Rue Wiertz 60
European Parliament
Brussels, B 1047
Belgium
Contact
Phone: +32 (0)2 736 05 72
Email: aleksandra.kaczmarek@eurocare.org

Kategorie: Alerts, Allgemein, consumption, Education, Events, Global, Non-communicable diseases, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, societal effects | Keine Kommentare »

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