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The Role of Alcohol in Road Traffic injuries in Malawi
cover image on report, a truck heavily loaded with people, bicycles and equipment along a road in Malawi, Frica

The number of road traffic accidents has decreased in high-income countries the last ten years. The opposite is the trend for low- and middle-income countries. This report shows that there is a very clear connection between alcohol use and road traffic accidents in Malawi.


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Monitoring the implementation of the UNGASS agreement
Cover image, shows man and woman facing each other and a hand writing on a white board

The report launched in April 2021 takes a closer look at what has happened in the form of national follow-up of the UNGASS Outcome Document in 15 selected countries. It also contains the recomenndations from Drug Policy Futures to the UN Member States.


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

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.


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Highlighting the COVID-19 – alcohol connection
Alcohol and the coronavirus front page

A new report ‘Alcohol and the coronavirus pandemic: individual, societal and policy perspectives’ by a group of researchers was released recently. They investigate the links between alcohol use and COVID-19, both for individuals and society – from physiological effects on the immune system to alcohol venues’ role in ‘super-spreader’ events.


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The Sobering Truth: Incentivizing Alcohol Death and Disability
The Sobering Truth 1

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.


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Alcohol among risk factors increasing
GBD illustration

The Lancet recently published the systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease study, with updated figures for 87 risk factors for ill health, disability, and death. Among them alcohol is the leading risk factor for those aged 25-49, with increasing risks across all ‘socio-demographic development’ groups of countries.


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New report exposes unhealthy industry responses to COVID-19
SPECTRUM report front page

The report, ‘Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm’ released recently provides ample examples of how unhealthy commodity industries, alcohol included, have leveraged COVID-19 for commercial gain.


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Covid-19 shows us why certain investments of the Norwegian oil fund is unethical
Commercial alcohol poster, Kampala Uganda

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.


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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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