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November 26 – December 05, 2022
Argentina: Parliament Set to Adopt Zero-Alcohol While Driving Bill
The lower house of Argentina’s parliament passed a zero-alcohol-while-driving Bill in late November with overwhelming support for the bill.
However, the Bill needs to pass the Senate to be adopted and enforced. 

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Rise in Age-Standardized Rate of Alcohol-Induced Liver Diseases
The researchers report on the global burden of alcohol-induced cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases in terms of age, sex, and sociodemographic index (SDI) from 1990 to 2019, based on analysis of GBD 2019 data.
Over this period, the age-standardized incidence rate of alcohol-induced cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases increased globally; however, both the age-standardized mortality rate and DALYs caused by alcohol-induced cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases showed decreasing trends. 

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Fetus’ Exposure to Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Changes Baby’s Brain Structure
Alcohol exposure even in low amounts during pregnancy can change the baby’s brain structure and delay brain development, according to a new MRI study. These results have been presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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Finland: People Want Public Interest, Not Alcohol Lobby to Inform Alcohol Policy Making
People in Finland are well aware of the strong influence that the trade sector in general and the alcohol industry in particular are having on the country’s alcohol policy decisions. But people feel that science-based information, as well as public health should be the most important factors guiding alcohol policy decisions. The issue was investigated in Kantar Public’s survey, wcommissioned EHYT ry.

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South Africa: Link Between Alcohol and Rising Crime Rate 
Crime rates in South Africa have increased in this quarter compared to the previous quarter. The chairperson of the portfolio committee on police says that the crime stats indicate the link between alcohol and violence. 

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Finland: Alcohol Sales Fall as Affordability Declines
Alko, the government-run alcohol retail monopoly of Finland, reports that alcohol sales fell by almost 12% in 2022 compared to 2021.
Previous research shows that the retail monopoly needs to be protected. If Alko was abolished or even weakened it would increase people’s and communities’ vulnerability to greater harm.

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Cyprus: Alcohol, Car Ads Must Soon Include Mandatory Road Safety Messages
The House plenum of Cyprus has approved an amendment to the Road Safety Act 2022. The amendment makes road safety messages mandatory in advertisements selling cars and alcohol. 

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France: People Are Increasingly Interested in Alcohol-Free Wine
In France attitudes about alcohol in general and alcohol-free wines in particular are changing as alcohol awareness campaigns highlight the health risks and well-being trends gain traction.
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Special Feature – No. 41

Special Feature for World AIDS Day 2022

Alcohol as Risk Factor for the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic and the Potential of Policy Solutions
Alcohol as Risk Factor for the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic and the Potential of Policy Solutions

December 01 marks World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

This Special Feature explores the lethal interaction between alcohol and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Considerations of alcohol harms and alcohol policy solutions in the context of stepping up action to end HIV/AIDS are essential and require bigger attention.

The Special Feature on Alcohol as Risk Factor for the HIV/ AIDS Epidemic and the Potential of Policy Solutions contains the following chapters:
  1. Understanding the problem and the potential of alcohol policy solutions
    • Alcohol policy is a catalyst for achieving the global goals towards ending the HIV/ AIDS epidemic.
  2. Latest studies on the lethal interaction between alcohol and HIV/AIDS
    • Movendi International has curated recent studies to shed light on the lethal interaction between alcohol and HIV/AIDS – and its multiple pathways:
      • linking alcohol with gender-based violence and HIV; 
      • the need for alcohol behavior interventions to prevent HIV/ AIDS; and
      • the case of Eswatini illustrating the problem of alcohol use among people living with HIV/AIDS.
  3. Overview of relevant scientific studies
  4. The prevalence of alcohol use in people living with HIV/AIDS
  5. The healthcare and health system response
  6. Alcohol harm in People Living With HIV/ AIDS
The Alcohol Issues Podcast

The Alcohol Issues Podcast is an original production by Movendi International. It’s a show about current alcohol issues of global importance. Through in-depth conversations with policy makers, community leaders and scientists, we explore alcohol policy issues, discuss landmark scientific studies, and expose the alcohol industry.

The Alcohol Issues Podcast is a unique resource to stay updated about latest developments in the field of alcohol policy and science. We make complex issues more easily understandable and drive the global conversation about modern alcohol policy solutions.

You can find every brand new episode, including the show notes with background material from our News Center, wherever you get your podcasts: 

  1. Apple podcasts,
  2. Google podcasts,
  3. Spotify and 
  4. on Podbean
Translating Evidence Into Alcohol Policy Action – WHO Europe EVID-ACTION Launch Event
WHO Europe is launching the Evidence into Action Alcohol Project (EVID-ACTION) to bring scientific evidence to promote and support the implementation of effective alcohol policies for the communities of the EU, Iceland, Norway and Ukraine.

December 6, 2022

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CET)

Zoom and Copenhagen (hybrid event)

Please follow the
link to register, here.
WHO & Movendi International Webinar: Reducing exposure to alcogenic environments among young people
This webinar is co-organized by the WHO and Movendi International.
It aims to discuss the importance of addressing alcogenic environments to reduce alcohol consumption in young people.

December 7, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CET)


Please follow the link to register, here.
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