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India: Mumbai votes to increase alcohol age limit

Mittwoch 8. Juni 2011 von htm

Mumbai has voted to raise the age limit for buying spirits from 21 to 25 and beer 18 to 21, sparking concern from the drinks industry and fury among young people.
Politicians agreed to change the minimum age as part of moves to discourage under-age consumption and problem drinking.
The measures – which include fines for illegal drinking, a ban on serving alcohol at public functions and ceremonies and more „dry days“ when the sale of alcohol is banned – will apply in Mumbai and across the state of Maharashtra.
But Indian spirit-makers and the hotel and restaurant industry reacted strongly against the decision, saying it would adversely affect business.
„Thirty per cent of white spirits is consumed by people under 25,“ said Deepak Roy, vice-chairman and chief executive of Allied Blenders and Distillers (ABD), which makes the Indian whisky Officer’s Choice. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 06/07/11) telegraph.co.uk, 06/02/11

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Allgemein, Development, Global, Legal Drinking Age, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Statistics, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

56 Indian airline pilots fail alcohol tests: govt

Dienstag 15. März 2011 von htm

Fifty-six pilots working for Indian airlines have failed alcohol tests in the last two years, according to a list issued by the civil aviation ministry.
Ten pilots were fired after they failed tests, including one who was found over the limit on two occasions, according to the list released by Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi in parliament Thursday.
The fifty-six pilots worked for the state-owned national carrier Air India, as well as private airlines Jet Airways, Indigo, SpiceJet, GoAir, and Kingfisher.
Twenty-three pilots from India’s top airline company Jet Airways failed their tests, but the airline did not sack any of them, putting them on suspension and subjecting them to a pay cut instead. … (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) google.com, 03/10/11

Kategorie: Allgemein, Binge Drinking, consumption, Driving under the Influence, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Prevention, Transportation, Workplace | Keine Kommentare »

India: Children as agents of change

Dienstag 15. März 2011 von htm

Children can make a real difference in their communities. A new manual on rights-based research from Concerned for Working Children (CWC) in Bangalore, India shows how children can be empowered to influence their community and also local alcohol policies. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 03/14/11) add-recources.org, 03/14/11

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Children, Development, Documents, Education, Global, Health, Politics, Prevention, Publications, societal effects, Watchdogs, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol and public health policies in India

Dienstag 4. Januar 2011 von htm

By K. S. JACOB, Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore 632002, Tamil Nadu, India; ksjacob@cmcvellore.ac.in
ABSTRACT: Extreme policies of prohibition or the current permissive strategies are counterproductive and call for a nuanced public health approach that integrates both the regulation of availability of alcohol as well as helps in rigorously enforcing the law. …. The WHO’s global strategy for alcohol and governmental and non-governmental efforts can be used synergistically to produce sustained action. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 01/03/11) Natl Med J India 2010;23:224–5

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Availability, Development, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Publications, Statistics, Verhaltens-Präv., Verhältnis-Präv., Violence and crimes, WHO, WHO globale Alkohol-Strategie | Keine Kommentare »

Itransition Helps WHO Launch Initiative to Prevent Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Dienstag 7. Dezember 2010 von htm

Itransition Software Development Company, an international software development company, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), the Dutch Ministry of Health, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction (the Trimbos), have launched a new pilot project with the objective to prevent alcohol and substance abuse in Brazil, India, Mexico and Belarus. (Source: Alcohol Reports, 12/06/10) healthcare.tmcnet.com, 12/06/10

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Development, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Prevention, WHO | Keine Kommentare »

Shame! ActionAid exposes tax dodging by brewing giant SABMiller

Dienstag 30. November 2010 von htm

Giant multinational brewer SABMiller – the company that owns Grolsch, Peroni, Miller and Castle – is avoiding an estimated £20m of taxes in Africa and India every year, enough money to educate a quarter-of-a-million African children, according to a new report released today by the international anti-poverty agency ActionAid. The report, ‘Calling Time: Why SABMiller should stop dodging taxes in Africa’ reveals for the first time how the company, the world’s second biggest brewer, uses a complex system of  tax havens to siphon profits out of subsidiaries in developing countries, depriving those governments of significant amounts of tax. Martin Hearson, a tax specialist at ActionAid and the co-author of the report, said: “SABMiller conducts its tax affairs behind a veil of secrecy. The company and its subsidiaries siphon money away from African countries and into tax havens in Europe, where the tax rates are far lower. SABMiller is playing the system to avoid paying its fair share of tax in developing countries.” (Source: Tages-Anzeiger, 30.11.10) actionaid.org Comment: They take it from the poorest. May be that is also our development aid we send to Africa. It comes back to Europe (Netherlands and Switzerland) as their profit. And it is legal!

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Development, Global, Publications, Research | Keine Kommentare »

Indian Diocese turns to rosary in fight against alcohol

Montag 15. November 2010 von htm

A Catholic diocese in southern India has used a Marian rosary procession as an opportunity to campaign against alcohol abuse among its people.
Some 1,000 people attended the Nov. 13 convention and a procession at Kodencherry, a Catholic stronghold in Kozhikode district of Kerala state. They recited the rosary and carried placards urging people to quit alcohol in the major parish of Thamarassery diocese. (Source: Google Alcohol News, 11/15/10) ucanews.com, 11/15/10 our Online Comment: I think the Catholic Church all over the world should stand up against the power of the alcohol industry, which makes us „passive drinkers“, as the WHO said. There is a great need for political action, according to the global alcohol strategy of the WHO resolution in May.

Kategorie: Addiction, Allgemein, Events, Global, Health, Prevention, Religion, Watchdogs, WHO, Youth | Keine Kommentare »

Soon, higher taxes to curb binge drinking in India

Freitag 28. Mai 2010 von htm

NEW DELHI: India will soon crack the whip on binge drinking through higher taxes and tighter marketing regulations against alcoholic products.
For the first time, delegations from all 193 member states of the World Health Organization reached consensus at the World Health Assembly on a resolution to confront the abuse of alcohol. Target areas were identified for policy options, including community action, pricing policies and reducing the public health impact of illicit alcohol and informally produced alcohol.
WHO says that every year, the abuse of alcohol kills 2.5 million people, including 3.2 lakh young people between 15 and 29 years of age. It is the eighth leading risk factor for deaths globally. WHO estimates there are two billion alcohol consumers worldwide.
India has a lot to worry about as far as alcohol consumption is concerned. The average age of alcohol consumption in the country has fallen by nearly nine years over the past decade. At present, on an average, Indians take their first sip of alcohol at the age of 19 compared to 28 in the 1990s. Studies now say that in another 5-7 years, a majority of Indians will start consuming alcohol at the age of 15.
Nearly 62.5 million people in India at present drink alcohol with the per capita consumption being around four litres per adult per year. For every six men, one woman drinks alcohol in India. Over 40% of road crashes occur in India during the night, with one-third of them being due to drunk driving. (Source: Harvard World Health News, 5/27/10) timesofindia, 5/23/10

Kategorie: Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Global, Health, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Statistics, WHO | Keine Kommentare »

Alcohol politics, policies and public health in India

Donnerstag 5. November 2009 von htm

Alcohol consumption is a significant contributor to the burden of disease in India and is a major public health concern. Extreme policies of prohibition and the current permissive strategies are both counter-productive. A nuanced approach involving the regulation of alcohol availability and a rigorous enforcement of public health perspectives and legislation is needed. (Source: Google Alkohol Alert, 11/5/09) morungexpress.com

Kategorie: Addiction, Advertising, Alcohol industry, Alcohol taxes, Allgemein, Driving under the Influence, Global, Parliaments / Governments, Politics, Prevention, Treatment, Violence and crimes, Workplace | Keine Kommentare »

Alcoholrelated Deaths In England And Wales

Sonntag 22. März 2009 von htm

Alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales are twice as high among people born in Scotland or Ireland compared with the rest of the population, a study has shown. Research, conducted by the University of Edinburgh and the Office for National Statistics, also found that men born in India – but living in England and Wales – had similar rates of alcohol-related death as Scottish- and Irish-born people. (Source: Medical News Today, 3/21/09)

Kategorie: Allgemein, Global, Health, Research, Statistics | Keine Kommentare »

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