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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Statement by Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance

Effective alcohol regulation can be Covid-19 legacy

Governments in Southern Africa made the right choice to ban or restrict availability of alcohol during their COVID-19 lockdown periods, Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance claims. SAAPA supported these decisions. 

12. May 2020
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OECD puts alcohol on the agenda:

New report highlights benefits of policy measures to prevent harmful alcohol consumption

OECD recently released the report “Preventing harmful alcohol use”. It highlights that if governments invest in policies to reduce harmful alcohol consumption, they could save millions of lives. The economic benefits of putting them in place would also be much higher than the costs.

28. May 2021
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New publication:

The Sobering Truth: Incentivizing Alcohol Death and Disability

Vital Strategies has published a new report on how governments, despite the health burden, are subsidizing the alcohol industry. Billions of dollars are given to the alcohol industry every year through tax breaks, marketing subsidies and other incentives, particularly in low-and middle-income countries.

19. January 2021
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Opinion:

Covid-19 shows us why certain investments of the Norwegian oil fund is unethical

The Covid-19 pandemic shows us why the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (the oil fund) must stop investing in alcohol. In South Africa the strict alcohol regulations during the pandemic have led to startling results.

03. September 2020
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New reports from WHO Regional Office for Europe

On marketing, pricing and labelling of alcohol and the Russian experience

Four recent reports from WHO Regional Office for Europe analyse and highlight the importance of good policies in preventing harm from alcohol use. All four can be downloaded here or from the World Health Organisation Regional Office of Europe.

10. August 2020
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Opinion:

World Drug Day: better knowledge for better care

Today is the UN International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, or World Drug Day. The theme for the day is “better facts for better care”, a theme that reflects the need for solutions based on scientific evidence to combat a problem that for decades have been ridden with myths, fear and ignorance.

26. June 2020

African Alcohol Policy Alliances with clear message to the African Union

With the message that the 2020s should be the decade of decisive action to reduce alcohol-related harm on the African continent the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA), the East African Alcohol Policy Alliance (EAAPA) and the West African Alcohol Policy Alliance (WAAPA) extended their best wishes to the political heads of their countries at the decade's first heads of states meeting in the African Union.

12. February 2020
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WHO consultation on global alcohol strategy and the way forward

‚ÄčThe World Health Organization (WHO) Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol was endorsed at the World Health Assembly in 2010. After nearly 10 years of implementation WHO is now consulting on the way forward and is inviting civil society to make submissions in an online consultation. 

28. October 2019
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UYDEL, Uganda:

Involve young people as partners in prevention!

Young people must be regarded as resources and as partners in prevention. This is the core message in a video presentation from Uganda to the INCB in Vienna.

09. May 2019
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WAAPA appeal to WHO Afro:

A regional African alcohol coordination mechanism is needed

The West African Alcohol Policy Alliance has issued an appeal to the upcoming meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa to prioritize the implementation of the regional alcohol control strategy.

07. May 2019