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Newsletter August 2012

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United Nations Secretary General’s campaign “UNiTE to end violence against women” brings yet another awareness day for public to realize, understand, reflect and hopefully also act to eliminate violence against women and girls.

To commemorate, acknowledge or highlight a problem, UN usually choose a day that is emphasized annually but not in this case. The 25th of each (!) month will be orange to remind the citizens of this planet the severity of the current situation and encourage them to change the behavior for the better. IOGT International supports this initiative and has an ambition, on every 25th of each month; mark the day both visually (check this blog or our Facebook page on 25th) and by bringing information on gender related violence linked to alcohol use.

Up to 70% of women experience violence in their lifetime. Women between 15-44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria according to World Bank data.

IOGT International’s sees a frequently present actor, which is alcohol use and the role it plays in violent acts. For example in Estonia 70% of all violent crimes are alcohol related. In England and Wales, 58% of all sex offences and rape are alcohol related. In Iceland 71% of cases of domestic violence are attributed to alcohol use. Alcohol use is estimated to be a causal factor in 16% of child abuse and neglect. In Mexico, every second woman has suffered violence at the hands of her partner. Two thirds of the cases involve alcohol use.

To solve the problem, we need to revise our cultures and all together work on a change. Let be the orange day a reminder for all of us to take a little action which will bring us closer to the end of violence against women.

Empower women, appoint a female leader, question your local policies, be a role model – there are as many ways for individuals as for organizations. Let me know, by leaving a comment in this blog, about what you have done so we can share on each 25th and learn from each other to become stronger and better at creating dignifying living conditions.

Here is the link to the blog entry on our webpage.
Here is the link to more #OrangeDay photographs on our Facebook page.

Introducing our World Channel

I am very happy today to be able to introduce to you our new World Channel.

This will be a great tool for us to communicate with you, our members and Member Organisations, our partners and partner organisations both from the NGO and the public policy fields.
I hope you’ll enjoy it and that it will encourage you to join the discussion here in my blogg and in the other bloggs that IOGT International members write from all over the world.

Fresh of the Press

Vince wrote a new blog entry on

Alcoholism Needs a Debate in Society

Seventy six million Americans, about 43% of the U.S. adult population, have been exposed to alcoholism in the family.
Almost one in five adult Americans (18%) lived with an alcoholic while growing up. Roughly one in eight American adult drinkers is alcoholic or experiences problems due to the use of alcohol. 
The cost to society is estimated at in excess of  $166 billion each year.
There are an estimated 26.8 million COAs in the United States. 
Preliminary research suggests that over 11 million are under the age of 18.

Coming Events

September 15
International Day of Democracy
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September 21
International Day of Peace
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September 24 - 24
3rd East Africa Alcohol Conference
"Alcohol is a problem: ACT NOW!"
Arusha, Tanzania

September 25
to end violence against women and girls
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October 10
World mental health Day
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October 16
IOGT International Administrative Committee meeting
Stockholm, Sweden
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October 17
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
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October 18 - 19
5th European Alcohol Policy Conference
Stockholm, Sweden
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October 20 - 21
NordAN conference
Malmö, Sweden
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November 12 - 16
ICAA conference
Montreal, Canada

Policy Briefing

Indonesia launches first-ever WTO case against EU
Indonesia launched its first complaint against the EU at the WTO on Monday, reports Reuters. The country wants the EU to reverse its EU anti-dumping duties on imports of Indonesian fatty alcohols. The two sides have 60 days to resolve the dispute before it enters a full-blown WTO settlement

Australia: Alcohol plain labels needed, but lobby too powerful: campaigner
The Federal Government has finally won its battle for plain packaging on cigarettes. Why not alcohol?

Rob Moodie is the Professor of Public Health at the Melbourne School of Population Health. He says the public needs to be pushed towards safer products, and wants tighter regulation of alcholic content as well as alcohol labelling and marketing. Professor Moodie says "passive drinking" is a huge problem that should be considered as equivalent to passive smoking. He blames lack of advertising regulation on politics, and the influence of the alcohol industry.

United States: Early alcohol use and early intoxication can herald trouble for college students
Results of a new study will be published in the November 2012 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. "Many studies have found relationships between an early AFD (age at first drink) and a range of negative alcohol-related outcomes later in life, including the development of alcohol use disorders, legal problems like DUI, and health problems like cirrhosis of the liver," said Meghan Rabbitt Morean, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and corresponding author for the study. "There is also evidence that beginning to drink at an early age is associated with more immediate problems, such as compromised brain development and liver damage during adolescence, risky sexual behaviors, poor performance in school, and use of other substances like marijuana and cocaine."
"As expected, beginning to use alcohol at an earlier age was associated with heavier drinking and the experience of more negative consequences during senior year of college," said Morean. "Quickly progressing from first alcohol use to drinking to intoxication was also an important predictor of heavy drinking and the experience of alcohol related problems during senior year of college."

United Kingdom: Poor areas 'hit harder by alcohol'
Poorer communities have substantially higher levels of alcohol-related ill health, anti-social behaviour and premature deaths than their wealthier neighbours, research has suggested.
Although data shows that there are drink-related problems across all communities, people living in England's most deprived local authorities are more likely to suffer than those living in the more affluent ones.
Children under 18 are 129% more likely to be admitted to hospital for an alcohol-specific condition, such as as alcoholic liver disease, in poorer communities compared with the most affluent ones, according to data from the North West Public Health Observatory on behalf of the Public Health Observatories in England.

IOGT International is a worldwide community of non-governmental organisations. The aim of IOGT International is the liberation of peoples of the world leading to a richer, freer and more rewarding life.

IOGT International is a politically independent and heart driven organization working solely from evidence based facts. The work expands from community action for children and youth to creating, facilitating and developing efficient alcohol policies. IOGT International has members all over the world and is open to everyone who wishes to see an open a democratic world free from alcohol and other drugs. Read more about our philosophy here.

The work of IOGT International is built on the basic human democratic rights. It recognises that alcohol and other drugs constitute a serious threat to the dignity and freedom of people and their societies. We are a worldwide community made up of people of all ages regardless of gender, colour, nationality, religious belief or sexual orientation. Our membership policy is founded on a lifestyle free of alcohol and other drugs.

IOGT International is an independent and heart driven organization working. Our work ranges from providing community action to creating, facilitating and developing efficient alcohol policies.

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