Policies, education and mobilization

Despite the enormity of the challenge, evidence and experience strongly suggest that substance use problems can be reduced.  Such efforts require the political will to tackle the problems and a smart mix of government policies, education activities, and mobilization of communities and NGOs.  Particular attention should focus on implementing evidenced-based strategies, which necessarily include interventions to reduce the availability and the affordability of alcohol and illicit drugs.

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David vs Goliath:

Civil society partnership gets SAB to withdraw "Beers for Africa"

The South African beer company SAB planned to sell more beer by granting parts of the profits to the fight against hunger in Africa. “A good idea to support the work against hunger, but a bad idea to raise the money through increased alcohol consumption”, responded civil society organisations. Also this time Goliath was beaten by David. SAB has pulled back.

17. August 2017
GAPC2017 early bird

Program ready for GAPC2017

The programme for the Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2017 (GAPC), to be held in Melbourne Australia 4-6 October 2017, is available. The option for early bird registration is still open until 30 June.

15. June 2017
WHA alcohol Sri Lanka

Alcohol brought up in WHA NCD debate

A number of interventions by Member States of the World Health Organization emphasized the need to address alcohol in the recent debate about non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva in May.

01. June 2017
Alcohol bottles

Nepal passes new National Alcohol Policy

The Nepalese Government passed a “National Policy on Regulation and Control of Alcohol-2017” on Monday, imposing a total ban on alcohol advertisement, promotion and sponsorship.

24. February 2017
Guinness reflects the power in you

Current controls on alcohol marketing are not protecting youth, warn public health experts

Leading public health experts warn that youth around the world are exposed to extensive alcohol marketing. Current controls on that marketing appear ineffective in blocking the association between youth exposure and subsequent drinking. This is documented in a Supplement of the prestigious scientific journal Addiction.

10. January 2017
We salute you - Nile Uganda

New study published:

Alcohol marketing in Africa violates industry’s own marketing codes

More than a fourth of all monitored alcohol advertisements violated the industry’s own marketing codes, concludes a study covering seven African countries. Stronger government regulation of alcohol marketing is needed.

10. January 2017
PAHO marketing report

PAHO Meeting on alcohol marketing

Consider comprehensive bans on alcohol marketing

An expert meeting on alcohol marketing was organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) last year and the report from the event released last month. One conclusion is that there is a growing need to protect vulnerable populations from the potential effects of inappropriate alcohol marketing. Governments should consider comprehensive bans on alcohol marketing.

27. June 2016

World Health Assembly side event discusses alcohol marketing

Co-hosted by Botswana, Ecuador, Estonia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam a side event on "Alcohol Marketing in the Digital World" was held at the World Health Assembly in Geneva last week.

03. June 2016
Nicola Sturgeon speaking 800p

GAPC calls for a national and global push for stronger alcohol policies

“No responsible government can ignore the dramatic consequences that alcohol use has for the health and wellbeing of its people. It is a primary task for governments to protect the health of their citizens.” With this strong opening statement Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set the tone for the rest of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Edinburgh last week. The First Minister in particular supported the idea of Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol, a very hot political topic in Scotland right now.

16. October 2015
Mphonyane Mofokeng speaking 600p

Southern Africa:

Regulation of marketing and sale of alcohol needed to protect public health and youth in particular

“Environmental regulation is critical to supporting individual change of behaviour and to positively influencing people away from binge drinking and its ultimate effects on society. If there is no direct intervention to curb easy access to and the excessive use of alcohol, South Africa’s young population will feel the impact for generations to come”.

03. June 2015