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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Next GAPC to be held in Dublin in March 2020

The time and venue for the next Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) is now decided: Dublin in Ireland, 9-11 March 2020. This was announced in a joint statement by the GAPA chair and two Irish government ministers recently. Venue for the conference will be Dublin Castle.

03. April 2019
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New and challenging report:

Trouble Brewing

"Only through rigorous fidelity to facts and evidence will the public health response to the harms of alcohol advance and successfully counter misinformation from the alcohol industry”. This is one of the key messages from the recently launched report “Trouble brewing”.

10. October 2018

SAFER – a new WHO initiative to boost national alcohol policy processes

WHO recently launched a new action package – SAFER. It aims at supporting the global target of reducing harmful use of alcohol by 10% by 2025. The initiative has been strongly supported by several global civil society networks.

10. October 2018
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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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First national alcohol policy conference to be held in Uganda

In the end of November civil society leaders, researchers and government representatives will meet for Uganda’s first national alcohol policy conference. Topic: “Unite against alcohol harm: A call for action”.

19. September 2018

Advertising regulations must focus more on alcohol promotion through social media

Regulations on alcohol advertising must to a larger extent focus on exposures in social media, as these media play an increasingly larger role, both in marketing strategies and in young peoples’ lives. This challenge comes from a newly published report in the UK.

31. July 2018
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The West African Alcohol Policy Alliance officially launched

The newly established West African Alcohol Policy Alliance was officially launched with a ceremony in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Professor Isidore Obot welcomed the new branch of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance in his capacity as vice-chair of GAPA: “WAAPA is a strongly needed civil society voice”.

28. January 2018
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SAAPA comment to Gauteng licensing case:

Victory for the constitutional right to be consulted on alcohol trading within communities

The Johannesburg High Court has ruled that citizens and communities have the constitutional right to be informed about and comment on alcohol policy issues that affect them. “This is an important victory for public health interests”, comment SAAPA and the Yeoville Bellevue Ratepayers Association.

11. November 2017
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New resource tool on alcohol taxation from WHO

A very good and timely resource tool on alcohol taxation and pricing policies is now available from the World Health Organization. The objective is to support national implementation of the Global Alcohol Strategy from 2010.

08. November 2017
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Living Peace programme in DRC:

Intervention gives reduced drinking, aggression and violence

The Living Peace programme to reduce intimate partner violence in DRC reports improvements in a number areas, a reduction in alcohol and substance use being one of them. The intervention led to a decrease in the use of aggression and violence, a new report concludes.

02. November 2017