Alcohol Issues
Alcohol Issues - Alcohol as obstacle to development

Alcohol Issues - Alcohol as obstacle to development

September 18, 2020

Alcohol Issues - Episode 3

Alcohol as obstacle to development

Movendi International's weekly conversation about the latest alcohol issues in policy and science and new alcohol industry revelations.

For this third episode, I’m talking with Dudley Tarlton who is a program specialist for health and development at the United Nations Development Program, UNDP.

It’s an insightful conversation that provides unique perspectives on alcohol as obstacle to development and some inspiring ideas how to tackle it.

UNDP stands out among UN programs and agencies for their strong support of WHO and for their commitment to work on alcohol, health and development. I talk with Dudley about why UNDP is so committed and why some other UN programs and agencies are not yet addressing alcohol harm in their specific fields of expertise.

Dudley and UNDP address alcohol as obstacle to development not only from a health burden perspective but are also making other linkages – to poverty, economy and even environment. Dudley is also going into more detail regarding this unique approach.

And we discuss alcohol policy solutions as catalysts for development: how that works, what resonates with countries and what Dudley thinks are key issues to advance alcohol policy solutions to accelerate the SDGs.

 
Regarding the weekly highlights of alcohol issues in policy, science and Big Alcohol revelations, we discuss the alcohol burden in the UK; in science digest we talk about alcohol use and brain damage; and in the Big Alcohol Exposed segment we will dive into a new report about how health harmful industries exploit COVID-19 for marketing purposes.

 

Resources for the conversation with Dudley Tarlton, program specialist, health and development, UNDP

Follow Dudley on Twitter.
 
Overview of alcohol as obstacle to development and linkages to other SDGs adversely affected by alcohol.
 
More information about the SAFER technical package, on the WHO website.
 
UNDP's work on NCDs
Fact sheet: Alcohol and NCDs
 
More about the WHO-UNDP Joint Program on alcohol, infectious diseases and violence
  1. Example workshop in African region: https://www.who.int/substance_abuse/activities/botswana_2016/en/ 
  2. Overall description of the joint program

Resources for the weekly alcohol issues update

In terms of alcohol policy news, this week we published a long-read about alcohol harm in the UK, to foster understanding of current issues and the alcohol burden in the country. Two reports came out recently that – taken together – bring into focus the specific alcohol issues troubling British society and the solutions that communities are calling for.

 

This week’s alcohol issues in science are about alcohol harm to the human brain.

A new study has found even low-dose alcohol use can lead to brain damage in the form of loss of brain volume. These new findings have implications specifically for middle aged and older people. 

 

This week’s alcohol issues concerning Big Alcohol dives into a new report about how health harmful industries exploit COVID-19 for marketing purposes.

A brand new report by the NCD Alliance and the SPECTRUM Research Consortium has exposed how Big Alcohol along with other unhealthy industries turns COVID-19 into the world’s largest marketing campaign. The report outlines four main strategies used by these industries and contains more than 360 examples of alcohol industry activities exploiting the public health crisis to pursue profit maximization.

 
For feedback, questions and suggestions of future discussion topics, please get in touch at: info@movendi.ngo 
 
Alcohol Issues - Understanding the global governance of alcohol

Alcohol Issues - Understanding the global governance of alcohol

September 11, 2020

Alcohol Issues - Episode 2

Understanding the global governance of alcohol

Movendi International's weekly conversation about the latest alcohol issues in policy and science and new alcohol industry revelations.

For this second episode, we are following-up on last week’s conversation with Dag Rekve, senior technical officer for alcohol, other drugs and addictive behaviors at the World Health Organization and we are going more in depth on some of the most interesting points that Dag Rekve talked about.
 
Regarding the weekly highlights of alcoohl issues in policy, science and Big Alcohol revelations, we discuss a brand new WHO policy brief on COVID-19 and NCDs, a brand new study on the link between alcohol and obesity, and we shed light on the alcohol industry's continuing market concentration with a story from Nigeria.

 

Resources for the conversation with Dag Rekve, WHO and our in-depth comments

In this follow-up episode, we explore the global governance of alcohol and examine in more detail the successes and failures of the last decade in global alcohol policy-making.
 
 
Guest expert blog post by Clare Slattery and Suzanne Zhou, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer:
"Where Next for the Global Governance of Alcohol and Public Health?"
 
Fact sheet: Alcohol and NCDs
 
 
All about the SAFER initiative, alcohol policy blue print and technical guidance
  1. Prioritizing action on alcohol for health and development - BMJ article https://movendi.ngo/reports/prioritising-action-on-alcohol-for-health-and-development/ 
  2. WHO: New Technical Guide for Alcohol Policy https://movendi.ngo/news/2019/12/14/who-new-technical-guide-for-alcohol-policy/ 
  3. New SAFER Initiative Launched at UN https://movendi.ngo/news/2018/09/28/new-safer-initiative-launched-at-united-nations/

Resources for the weekly alcohol issues update

In terms of alcohol policy news, there is a brand new policy brief about noncommunicable diseases during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

This week’s alcohol issues in science also address alcohol’s role in the NCDs tsunami. A brand new study shows that alcohol plays a strong role in obesity.

https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/09/07/study-alcohol-use-linked-with-obesity/ 

This week’s alcohol issues concerning Big Alcohol highlights the issue of market concentration and domination. The story this week is about Heineken in Nigeria pushing for further for beer market dominationthrough increasing its power over Nigerian Breweries. https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/09/11/nigeria-heineken-pushes-further-for-beer-market-domination/ and https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/09/04/big-alcohol-more-market-concentration-and-alcohol-market-changes/ 

 
For feedback, questions and suggestions of future discussion topics, please get in touch at: info@movendi.ngo 
 

 

Alcohol Issues - Reflecting with the WHO about the past, present and future of alcohol control

Alcohol Issues - Reflecting with the WHO about the past, present and future of alcohol control

September 5, 2020

Alcohol Issues - Episode 1

Reflecting with the WHO about the past, present and future of alcohol control

Movendi International's weekly conversation about the latest alcohol issues in policy and science and new alcohol industry revelations.

Every episode, we are also bringing you an in-depth conversation about alcohol issues of global importance.

For the very first podcast episode, we’ve set down with Dag Rekve, the senior technical officer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, working on “alcohol, drugs and addictive behaviors”.

 
Regarding the weekly highlights of alcohol issues in policy, science and Big Alcohol revelations, we discuss alcohol and violence, new data from Sweden about the costs and magnitude of alcohol's harm to others; we discuss a new scientific comment about alcohol's burden during COVID-19; and we shed light on the alcohol industry's strategies to exploit the pandemic for their purposes.

 

Resources for the conversation with Dag Rekve, WHO 

In this, Dag Rekve discusses the global alcohol burden, successes and failures in the response to alcohol harm and key issues for improving the future of alcohol control.
 
 

 

Prioritizing action on alcohol for health and development - BMJ article https://movendi.ngo/reports/prioritising-action-on-alcohol-for-health-and-development/ 

 

"Russia: Alcohol Control Policy Works" https://movendi.ngo/news/2019/10/02/russia-alcohol-control-policy-works/ 

Resources to reflect more about cognitive dissonance:

"Big Alcohol and the Importance of Coporate Literacy in the 21st Century" https://movendi.ngo/news/2019/06/18/big-alcohol-and-the-importance-of-corporate-literacy-in-the-21st-century/ 

"Australia: CEOs, Law makers Are the Biggest Alcohol Users" https://movendi.ngo/news/2019/04/17/australia-ceos-are-biggest-alcohol-users/ 

 

Resources for the weekly alcohol issues update

In terms of alcohol policy news, there is new evidence about the link between alcohol and violence and how alcohol policy solutions help reduce violence, and there is new data from Sweden about the costs and magnitude of alcohol's harm to others.
"Sweden: Alcohol Violence Massive, Costly Societal Problem"
 
"New Zealand: Alcohol Violence Declines After Late-Night Alcohol Sales Regulations" https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/08/29/new-zealand-alcohol-violence-declines-after-late-night-alcohol-sales-regulations/ 
 

This week’s alcohol issues in science is about alcohol and COVID-19:

"Alcohol's Healthcare Burden during COVID-19 Pandemic" https://movendi.ngo/reports/alcohols-healthcare-burden-during-covid%E2%80%9019-pandemic/ 

 

This week’s alcohol issues concerning Big Alcohol highlights strategies to exploit the pandemic:

https://movendi.ngo/news/2020/09/02/big-alcohol-targets-kids-exploits-pandemic-to-promote-alcohol/ 

 
For feedback, questions and suggestions of future discussion topics, please get in touch at: info@movendi.ngo 
 

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