Alcohol and drug problems

For many, consuming alcohol may seem an easy way to cope with everyday problems.   That view is certainly reinforced by images in alcohol promotions that hammer home the notion that alcohol offers a taste of luxury, recreation, and entrée into a world free of everyday worries.   Not so apparent are the myriad health and other problems created by alcohol use that impose additional burdens on poor people, generate substantial problems for society, and become onerous stumbling blocks for development. 

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New article published

A call for the implementation of cost effective alcohol interventions

We have effective strategies to reduce harmful use of alcohol. Now they must be implemented, says a recent article in The BMJ written by Dag Rekve and colleagues. The article reviews the lack of, and barriers to, implementation of evidence-based cost effective interventions, especially in low and middle income countries. 

13. December 2019
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New publication explores alcohol and the SDGs:

Alcohol obstacle to development

IOGT International has launched an updated version of the publication “Alcohol Obstacle to Development; How Alcohol Affects the Sustainable Development Goals”. Of the 17 SDGs the achievement of 14 of them is affected by alcohol.

11. December 2019
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New report launched

Alcohols’ impact on the rights of women and children in the Global South

FORUT recently launched a report written by Anne-Marie Laslett and Megan Cook from the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The report is a literature review with the aim of building increased understanding of the effects of alcohol on women and children in the Global South.

05. December 2019
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New report from SERAF:

Alcohol use - a barrier to health and to the achievement of the SDGs

Alcohol is a barrier to achieving both good and equitable health, on a global scale. Targets 3.4 and 3.5 of the third Sustainable Development Goal will not be achieved without addressing alcohol use. This is the conclusion of a newly published report written by SERAF, The Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research.

06. June 2019
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WHO Launches Global status report on alcohol and health 2018

In 2016, the harmful use of alcohol resulted in some 3 million deaths (5.3% of all deaths) worldwide. Mortality resulting from alcohol consumption is higher than that caused by diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. These are among the new figures presented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Global status report on alcohol and health 2018 released today. The report also demonstrates that the age-standardized alcohol-attributable burden of disease and injury was highest in the WHO African Region.

21. September 2018
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Updated figures from the Global Burden of Disease Study:

Effective alcohol policies are needed now to yield health benefits in the future

There is no safe level of alcohol use. Nearly three million deaths globally were attributed to alcohol use in 2016. Increasing alcohol use may result in increasing health problems in the future in low and middle income countries.

17. September 2018
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IOGT-NTO, Sweden et al:

New publication on violence and alcohol

Violence is one of the great scourges of humanity and alcohol fuels much of it. This statement opens a new publication that presents updated knowledge on the relationship between the use of alcohol and violence. The authors argue that levels of violence in a society can be substantially reduced through changes in alcohol policy.

29. November 2017
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Still time to register

GAPC2017 to focus on mobilising for change

The Global Alcohol Policy Conference in Melbourne, Australia is one month away. Starting 4 October, the conference’s theme of “Mobilising for Change – Alcohol policy and the evidence for action” builds on earlier conferences’ translation of evidence into action and recognises the increasing momentum around the world to stop harm caused by alcohol.

05. September 2017
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ALMA study on alcohol in Malawi

Two research articles published

Two articles emanating from the ALMA study of alcohol in Malawi have been published. Liquor sachets is the topic of one of them, while the other explores the social drinking norms. The research was conducted by Norwegian and Malawian researchers.

13. April 2015

New cancer code:

Alcohol use a significant cancer risk factor

The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the European Commission has released an updated 4th edition of the European Code Against Cancer. The Code points at alcohol use as one of the significant risk factors. Still public awareness around this link is alarmingly low.

15. December 2014