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WEEK #24

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates and exposing Big Alcohol.

Special Feature

This week we feature two awesome stories:

  1. Our radio interview about “Big Alcohol and the importance of corporate literacy in the 21st century”
  2. Our joint press release with the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance

For week 24, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:

  • Alcohol policy updates come from Australia, Iceland, Asia, and Kenya.
  • Fresh science updates cover the link between binge alcohol use and prescription opioid misuse, and the effects of high-density alcohol outlets in Tanzania.
  • Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes how Big Alcohol destroyed the alcohol law in Vietnam and how nonsense “Wellness” alcohol is.
Australia: National Alcohol Strategy Prepared

"We’re looking to get the national alcohol strategy out within the next four months, so we’ll be working quickly with the states to finalise it, said Greg Hunt, Federal Health Minister, as per SBS News.

My view is get on with it, get it done, get it out there and get it implemented.”

The new strategy is badly needed to address several alcohol-related problems in Australia.

For example, an annual poll by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) conducted on people’s attitudes related to alcohol found less than half of the people were aware of the long-term heath effects of alcohol.
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Iceland Lowers Legal Blood Alcohol Level

The Icelandic parliament Althingi unanimously approved new traffic laws. Decreases in blood alcohol levels are among the adopted changes.

Evidence shows that driving under the influence of alcohol is the second most common cause of fatal traffic accidents in Iceland after speeding. Studies also show that .05 blood alcohol concentration has a significant impact on the driving performance and increases the likelihood of accidents. A driver with a blood alcohol level of .05 is 150 times more likely to die in a traffic accident, and 30 times more likely to suffer serious injuries.
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Asia: Countries Off-Track to Reach SDGs

A recent UN report warns, not a single country in the Asia and Pacific region is on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Along those lines, the report reveals that the situation is actually deteriorating for three of the goals:

  • clean water and sanitation (SDG 6),
  • decent work and economic growth (SDG 8),
  • sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12).

Alcohol is known to adversely affect 13 of the 17 SDGs. The 3 goals which are deteriorating in the Asia Pacific region (SDG 6, 8 and 12) are all negatively affected by alcohol. Evidently, alcohol is an obstacle to development and is setting back the Asia Pacific region.

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Kenya: Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Increase for UHC

Kenya will see an increase of alcohol and tobacco taxation as part of the effort to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). The Kenyan government is set to raise excise duties on cigarettes, wines and liquor by fifteen per cent in part of newly proposed tax measures aimed at mobilizing resources for the Sh 3.02 trillion 2019-2020 budget.

Majority of Kenyans support tax increase

Capital Business reports poll findings that a majority of Kenyans agree with the government’s decision to increase the excise duty on tobacco and alcohol. People also proposed the government should continue increasing taxes for Kenyans to shift their focus on lifetime investments.
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Stay up to date about all other alcohol policy news from around the world with the daily updates on our news feed.

"Binge Alcohol Use and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S., 2012–2014"

Research article

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"The influence of alcohol outlet density and advertising on youth drinking in urban Tanzania"


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Keep in the loop about all alcohol (policy) science updates from around the world with our science hub.

Vietnam: Big Alcohol Lobby Destroys Alcohol Law
Read all about Big Alcohol's tactics in Vietnam...

Experts: “Wellness” Alcohol Is Nonsense

Read all about Big Alcohol's new attempts to hook youth...

For more Big Alcohol monitoring, stay tuned with the #BigAlcoholExposed campaign.

Special feature Week 24
 Special feature #1: IOGT on Santa Fe Public Radion

Public radio interview with Director of Strategy and Advocacy Maik Dünnbier about “Big Alcohol and the importance of corporate literacy in the 21st century”

Special feature #2: Joint Press Release with East African Alcohol Policy Alliance

The East African Alcohol Control and Policy Alliance call on African leaders to step up efforts for alcohol control to reach health and development for all. 

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