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WHO Launches Global status report on alcohol and health 2018
Report front page

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.


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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”.


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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.


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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.


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Adherence to age limits for alcohol sale very poor

Anecdotal evidence from many developing countries suggests that age limits for sale/purchase of alcohol are not enforced. A more systematic test confirmed this in the case of Accra, Ghana: Under-aged were allowed to buy alcohol in 88 per cent of the cases.


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Bolder actions needed to reverse the tide of NCDs and mental disorders

All evidence points to the same unpleasant reality: that if the current pace of progress continues unabated, by 2030 the agreed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target to reduce NCD mortality will remain a distant reality. This is the opinion of more than 190 CSOs that have sent a statement to WHO.


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Beer girls are used to promote beer drinking in Africa

Heineken uses so-called beer girls to promote the sales of its beer in ten African countries. A number of them are harassed during their work, have to sleep with managers and prostitute themselves to customers. This is documented in a newly published book by the Dutch journalist Olivier van Beemen.


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Global Fund Suspends Partnership with Heineken

The Global Fund has suspended its partnership with the beer company Heineken. “It is based on recent reports of the company’s use of female beer promoters in ways that expose them to sexual exploitation and health risks”, explains the Fund in a brief press statement.


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WHO Afro and FORUT: Cooperation agreement signed
FORUT

WHO Regional Office for Africa and FORUT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote evidence-based alcohol policies in Africa. The new agreement defines areas of cooperation between the two parties.

2013-07-31
The new tsunami of non-communicable diseases:
- Prevention is the only viable policy option

“We experience a tsunami of new non-communicable diseases. We have got no option. We must put our efforts into prevention by promoting healthy lifestyles”. With these words the South African Minister of Health, Hon Aaron Motsoaledi opened the a WHO meeting on NCDs in Johannesburg.

2013-04-10
New WHO report:
Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa
Monitoring Alcohol Advertising Africa

Effective legislation is necessary to strictly regulate alcohol marketing activities. This is one of the recommendations in a new report; "Monitoring Alcohol Marketing in Africa", released by WHO AFRO today.

2011-06-20
Substance abuse in WHO AFRO
Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug related problems in Africa are becoming more and more a Public Health concern. WHO AFRO states that it is therefore very important to look for better policies and strategies to face the issue.
2006-06-23

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