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New Member in the Global IOGT Family

The Board of IOGT International is very happy and proud to be able to welcome Stop Drink Network as newest Member Organization.
Stop Drink Network is a huge NGO network in Thailand, working with thousands of volunteers to promote health, prevent harm and empower people, especially youth. SDN is for example an important partner for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, and IOGT International and SDN will continue to cooperate on issues of Free Trade Agreement negotiations, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the EU-Thai discussions, on NCDs and MDGs and much more.

IOGT International At The CSW57 With Parallel Event

On 8th March IOGT International's team, led by Vice President Kristina Sperkova will hold a Parallel Event addressing alcohol's role in gender-based violence and looking at what NGOs and decision-makers can do to improve the situation of girls and women.
During the whole week, IOGT is participating in the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
You will be able to follow Kristina and IOGT through her blog and through the site of the NGO CSW Committee, New York.

This work and our #OrangeDay campaign is part of IOGT International's larger efforts for human rights for all and human dignity.

Brenda's Blog
A Look Back At 2012

Alcohol causes tremendous harm in Africa, in many ways. But after my year with the IOGT movement, I KNOW it is full of potential
and 2013 will bring even more changes and all that its people need is to be given a chance. Look out!
Big Alcohol, Look out! informal brewers for here comes a fight that you can’t ignore. 2013 FTW!
Roger's Blog
Children and How The View Alcohol Problems in Their Families

I share with you 5 testimonials from children about how their
parents’ alcohol use harms them and their lives;
or the tip of the iceberg of alcohol’s social harm to children…

Upcoming Events 2013

See also Going On


WHO Executive Board 132 - Geneva, Switzerland

2013-02-06 - 2013-02-06

Alcohol Prevention For Youth - FAKE FREE

2013-03-03 - 2013-03-15

Commission on the Status of Women 57 - New York, USA


Commission on Narcotic Drugs - Vienna, Austria


Administrative Committee Meeting - IOGT International Headquarters


European Training Course - Tartu, Estonia


Building Blocks for Sound Alcohol Policies - Washington DC, USA


23rd World Economic Forum on Africa - Cape Town, South Africa


HeartBeat 2013 Active Summer Camp - Bosnia and Herzegovina


Seminar Bildung, Entwicklung, Frieden - Hoya, Germany


World Conference on Health Promotion - Pattaya, Thailand


European Health Forum Gastein


GAPC 2013 - Seoul, South Korea


Rehabilitation Conference - Berlin, Germany


IOGT International Congress 2014 - Hua Hin, Thailand

Policy Update for Evidence-Based, High-Impact Alcohol Regulations

The Global Stories of 2012
One could look elsewhere for the true substance of world events. This year, it might be found in the refugee camps of Turkey and Jordan, in the slums of Cairo, or in the fading prospects of millions of unemployed Spanish and Greek youth. World affairs can take on an abstract and schematic quality when viewed at an extreme distance, and the events listed below are no exception. But they aren't abstract or schematic for the people that are living through them, right now, even as you read this. And most of these stories aren't over yet.

Reducing Risk Of Drinking In Teens Through Protective Communities
Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, according to Penn State researchers studying substance abuse patterns. The researchers evaluated how seven different categories of risk and protective factors predicted teen alcohol use.
Their analysis showed that the impact of teens' own antisocial attitudes and friendship with antisocial peers depended on the wider context. Those two risk factors were not as strongly associated with alcohol use when teens reported positive experiences in the community. These findings suggest that positive experiences in the community at large can help sever the link between risk factors and underage drinking.

EU needs to take a stand against domestic violence
Violence against women costs EU member states at least €16 billion every year. However, the annual budget for prevention programmes is 1,000 times less. Prevention is always better than a cure; it is crucial we stop violence and not just deal with the after effects. 

Time Restrictions on TV Ads Ineffective in Reducing Youth Exposure to Alcohol Marketing
Teenage Exposure to Alcohol Advertising Actually Increased Following Implementation of Daytime and Evening Ban in the Netherlands. Efforts to reduce underage exposure to alcohol advertising by implementing time restrictions have not worked, according to new research from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Dutch Institute for Alcohol Policy. The report, published in the Journal of Public Affairs, confirms what Dutch researchers had already learned in that country: time restrictions on alcohol advertising actually increase teen exposure, because companies move the advertising to late night.
Alcohol is the drug most frequently used and abused by adolescents in the U.S. and in the Netherlands. At least 14 long-term studies have found that the more young people are exposed to alcohol advertising and marketing, the more likely they are to drink, or if they are already drinking, to drink more.

Alcohol policy regulation in Europe
European states have a high degree of autonomy when it comes to designing their national alcohol policy. The measures that countries deploy to counter the negative impact of alcohol use, such as setting drink-driving limits, banning or restricting alcohol advertising, setting the legal age to purchase alcohol, opening hours and licensing laws, are many and differ widely from one country to another.
This database aims to provide an overview of alcohol policy regulation in selected European countries and to enable cross-country comparisons. It features only those measures drawn from the national legislation. By clicking on a country, a list of its alcohol regulations will appear. Clicking on a specific indicator makes it possible to compare regulations across countries. An explanatory text appears when the mouse is moved over the selected indicator.

Kenya: Pre-Poll Alcohol Ban Bill Sails Through House
The Parliament concluded debate on the Alcoholic Drinks (amendment) Bill, 2012 which means it has sailed through the second stage in the House. The bill is now expected to proceed to the third and final stage-- committee-- where further amendments can be introduced. Once it passes the committee stage and if it has no amendments, it will head straight to the President for assent.
Unless it is amended at the committee stage, it will be illegal for any establishment or outlet to sell any alcoholic drink two days before the general election. The law will also apply in any area where a by-election is being held.

India: 'Govt, civil society must fight to curb alcohol-related problems'
With alcoholism being a major problem affecting the state, a view has emerged that the government needs to consider alternative means of revenue and move away from viewing liquor as a source of revenue through excise.
Pointing out that even sports teams were being sponsored by liquor brands and companies, he called for surrogate advertising of alcohol to be banned.
Highlighting the seriousness of the alcoholism problem, Mohammad Atharullah Sharif, member of council of representatives, JIH, Karnataka, said the accused in the recent Delhi gangrape case committed the crime under the influence of alcohol. He felt there was a need to educate masses as well as to impress upon the government to legislate certain changes that will curb the menace of alcoholism.

Big increase in sales of alcohol-free drinks
Sweden’s state-owned retail alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget, says its biggest sales increase last year was in alcohol-free drinks. It’s part of the chain’s mission to encourage less or moderate drinking, and sales of alcohol-free beverages went up by 35 percent during 2012.

UK: Liver Disease Now One of the Biggest Killers
With society more readily condoning antisocial behaviour, intoxication is on the rise and so is liver disease – now killing one in five people.
Liver disease is now the fifth biggest killer in the United Kingdom and quarter of us could be suffering from liver damage. We must raise awareness of liver damage and the dangers of over consumption of which so many of us are guilty. With society more readily condoning antisocial behaviour, intoxication is on the rise and so is liver disease.

UK: Abstaining from alcohol in January 'not enough' liver experts say
Many people abstain from alcohol in January to counter the excesses of Christmas and New Year but liver experts have warned this is not enough to undo the long-term damage caused.
Year-round action is needed to protect the liver from the effects of alcohol and fatty food, including having at least two alcohol free days a week, taking regular exercise and cutting down on fat and sugar in the diet, the British Liver Trust has warned.

Narcotic Drugs Policy Briefing

Legalizing of Marijuana Raises Health Concerns
Legalization takes health consumers into murky territory. Even though marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States, questions about its health effects remain.
For starters, this is not your parents’ pot. Today’s marijuana is much more potent: The mean concentration of THC, the psychoactive ingredient, in confiscated cannabis more than doubled between 1993 and 2008.
The most disturbing new studies about early teenage use of marijuana showed that young adults who started smoking pot regularly before they were 16 performed significantly worse on cognitive tests of brain function than those who had started smoking later in adolescence. They performed particularly poorly on tests assessing executive function, which is responsible for planning and abstract thinking, as well as understanding rules and inhibiting inappropriate responses.

Mexico enacts law to help drug war victims
The Mexican government on Wednesday enacted a controversial law aimed at giving recognition and recourse to tens of thousands of victims of the drug-related violence that has raged across the nation for the last six years.

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