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Lessons for alcohol policy from the coronavirus crisis: potential and challenges for building back better

Lessons for alcohol policy from the coronavirus crisis: potential and challenges for building back better

June 14, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Special Episode 20

Lessons For Alcohol Policy From the Coronavirus Crisis: Potential and Challenges For Building Back Better

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

Welcome to the Alcohol Issues Podcast and our 20th episode - another Special Episode as Kristina Sperkova is back on the podcast.

Kristina is the International President of Movendi International. Movendi International is the largest global social movement for development through alcohol prevention. More than 130 Member Organizations from more than 50 countries work together to address alcohol as obstacle to development in the most comprehensive way.

In this Special Episode Kristina reflects on the recent joint event during the 74th World Health Assembly about alcohol policy, COVID-19 and building back better.

The conversation with Kristina was recorded on June 11, 2021 and the event itself took place on May 27th.

Discussing the lethal interaction between alcohol and COVID-19 and the potential of alcohol policy as catalyst for building back better

During the 74th session of the World Health Assembly, Movendi International together with the NCD Alliance, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) jointly hosted a virtual side event with the title "Lessons for alcohol policy from the coronavirus crisis: potential and challenges for building back better".

The event brought together high-level decision-makers from member states, WHO regions and opinion leaders from civil society and intergovernmental organizations to discuss the role of alcohol prevention and control for building back better in the coming months and years.

Host Maik Dünnbier talks with Kristina about key insights and the most important lessons that were discussed during the event.

Kristina reflects on the analysis that each of the speakers shared and what she thinks the highlights were. More than a year into the global pandemic, we aimed to take stock of global and regional experiences and knowledge around alcohol and the coronavirus crisis.

We also hear from the speakers themselves with crucial facts, succinct explanations and powerful quotes.

And Kristina talks about the crucial lessons learned for the way forward.

In the event the speakers collectively mapped the needs for addressing alcohol harm going forward. And they shared lessons learned to come out of the crisis and into a better future with the help of alcohol policy solutions.

Resources for the special episode 

Read the event summary here, where you can also find all the presentations:

Three major reports have provided unique and timely insights into the lethal interactions between alcohol and COVID-19.

See the entire event

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Brand New OECD Report: The Economic and Health System Case for Alcohol Policy

Brand New OECD Report: The Economic and Health System Case for Alcohol Policy

May 20, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 19

Brand New OECD Report: The Economic and Health System Case for Alcohol Policy

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

Welcome to the Alcohol Issues Podcast and our 19th episode and this fresh, new in-depth conversation about the brand new OECD report on alcohol harms and policy.

The conversation was recorded on May 19, 2021 just before the report was released.

Discussing the potential of alcohol policy solutions to improve health systems, strengthen the economy and build back better after COVID-19

For the 19th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast we welcome Michele Checchini. He is the senior health policy analyst and project leader public health at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Grouping 35 member countries and working with over 100 countries, the OECD is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

It provides a forum where governments can compare and exchange policy experiences, identify good practices and promote decisions and recommendations. Through its work on health, the OECD helps countries achieve high-performing health systems by measuring health outcomes and health system resource use and by analysing policies that improve access, efficiency, and quality of health care.

The brand new OECD report analyses the cost of alcohol consumption in 52 countries (including OECD, European Union and G20 countries) and the economic case for enhancing policies to tackle alcohol harm.

The report called “Preventing Harmful Alcohol Use” presents new evidence on the health, social, and economic burden of alcohol harm and presents compelling data on the potential of improved alcohol policy solutions that can save millions of lives and generate savings that are greater than the implementation costs.

In this conversation, host Maik Dünnbier and Michele crunch some of the most significant numbers in the report. This means that Michele and Maik discuss alcohol consumption and harm trends before and during the pandemic.

Michele puts the economic figures in context and perspective to illustrate the magnitude of alcohol harm and how it affects health system functioning and the overall economy.

The report makes a compelling case – driven by astounding economic data – for upscaling investment in alcohol policy solutions. Maik talks with Michele about these policy measures. He explains the triple dividend of tackling alcohol harm and what the 4Ps Package is all about.

They explore the gaps that remain in countries’ alcohol policy response – across 6 policy areas.

This conversation is a deep dive into the brand new OECD report with Michele. Talking about the report’s key findings helps put into perspective the potential of alcohol policy solutions. For example, Michele explains the return in investment into alcohol policy measures and in this way helps chart the way to build back better after COVID-19 with the help of alcohol prevention and control.

Resources for the conversation with Michele

You can follow Michele Cecchini's research work, here.

You can read about the OECD's work on health, here.

For further reading:

  • Find the 2015 OECD report on alcohol harm and policy, here.
  • Read more about the recent WHO Europe report "Making the European Region Safer: developments in alcohol control policies, 2010–2019 (2021)"
  • Get all information about the WHO process to develop a global alcohol action plan, with Movendi International's Special Feature, here.

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The 3-Year Anniversary of Minimum Unit Pricing and the Future of Alcohol Policy Development in Scotland

The 3-Year Anniversary of Minimum Unit Pricing and the Future of Alcohol Policy Development in Scotland

May 17, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 18

The 3-Year Anniversary of Alcohol Minimum Unit Pricing and the Future of Alcohol Policy Development in Scotland

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

Welcome to the Alcohol Issues Podcast and our 18th episode. For the three year anniversary of the historic alcohol minimum unit pricing policy coming into effect in Scotland, we focus in this episode on the first evidence from full MUP implementation and discuss wider issues around the alcohol floor price in particular and alcohol policy development in general.

The conversation for this podcast episode was recorded on May 5, 2021 and final recordings were made on May 13.

Discussing MUP, its history, first evidence and future and the bigger picture of alcohol harm and policy solutions in Scotland

For the 18th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier welcomes Alison Douglas, the Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland.

She joined AFS in December 2015. Her commitment to and experience of preventing and reducing alcohol harm stems from her time as Head of Alcohol Policy and Delivery at Scottish Government from 2007 to 2012. In this capacity Alison was responsible for developing and implementing Scotland’s national alcohol strategy, "Changing Scotland's Relationship with Alcohol".

Alison previously worked as a policy adviser to Scottish Ministers, advising on issues ranging from prostitution, to GM crops, and the marine environment. From April 2012 until she joined AFS she was Head of Public Bodies and Public Service Reform with responsibility for advising Ministers on reform and ensuring the effectiveness of public bodies.

Alcohol Focus Scotland is the national charity working to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm. Alison will also explain a bit more about the important work that Alcohol Focus Scotland is doing.

In the conversation, Alison and Maik take a deep dive into the historic and trailblazing minimum unit pricing policy in Scotland. They discuss how it works and why it was needed in the first place.

Alison also explains how it is going after three years of MUP implementation. What is the evidence in terms of alcohol consumption, alcohol harms and public support for the alcohol floor price?

Host Maik Dünnbier also used the opportunity to ask Alison about lessons learned across the entire period, including the advocacy struggle to get the MUP adopted, then defend it against alcohol industry litigation and then to get it implemented properly. So, Alison shares a few highlights in the wider historic perspective.

This conversation with Alison provides deeper understanding of how policy can shape norms and culture, the importance of bold leaders, and the significance of the alcohol industry’s interference not only in policy processes but also in public perception of and discussion about what constitutes alcohol harm. Alison shares thoughtful reflections that really resonate coming from one of the champions at the forefront of successful alcohol policy advocacy. 

Resources for the conversation with Alison

You can follow Alison Douglas on Twitter, here.

You can follow Alcohol Focus Scotland on Twitter, here.

You can read about Alcohol Focus Scotland's work, here.

For further reading, about alcohol minimum unit pricing in Scotland:

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The Inner Workings of the Public Health Alcohol Act In Ireland: From MUP To Changing the Alcohol Norm

The Inner Workings of the Public Health Alcohol Act In Ireland: From MUP To Changing the Alcohol Norm

May 7, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 17

The Inner Workings of the Public Health Alcohol Act In Ireland: From MUP To Changing the Alcohol Norm

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

Welcome to the Alcohol Issues Podcast and our 17th episode. This week we focus on the Public Health Alcohol Act in Ireland and pay special attention to the recent news of the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing in Ireland. 

Discussing the Irish alcohol policy model with a special focus on the alcohol floor price policy

For the 17th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier welcomes Dr Sheila Gilheany to discuss the workings and issues around one of the world’s best alcohol acts.

Sheila is the Chief Executive of Alcohol Action Ireland. She is a tremendously impressive person and leader. Sheila holds a PhD in astrophysics. She has led a range of not-for-profit organisations in science, education, public engagement and social enterprise. And now she is at Alcohol Action Ireland that has been the key civil society advocate for support of the Public Health Alcohol Act that was passed into law in October 2018.

Alcohol Action Ireland was established in 2003 and is the national independent advocate for reducing alcohol harm in Ireland.

Alcohol Action Ireland campaigns for the burden of alcohol harm to be lifted from the individual, community and State. The organization has a strong track record in campaigning, advocacy, research and information provision.

In their conversation, Maik and Sheila take a deep dive into the alcohol policy model of Ireland. Sheila describes from a scientific and a human perspective why alcohol policy development was so important for Irish society.

They talk about the alcohol norm in Ireland and how the alcohol industry fuels cognitive dissonance, misconceptions and inertia, despite pervasive alcohol harm.

And yet the country adopted a comprehensive set of policies in the Public Health Alcohol Act. Sheila explains how that happened and she shares inspiring lessons learnt.

Maik and Sheila also talk in more detail about the different provisions of the alcohol law and how they work.

Just a few days ago, the government announced that the alcohol floor price would be introduced on January 1st, 2022. So, Sheila and Maik look more closely at that issue and what the MUP will be in Ireland.

And they discuss what the future holds, both in short, medium and long term. Sheila shares insightful reflections and bold ideas for an integrated and comprehensive approach to protecting the people in Ireland from alcohol harm.

Resources for the conversation with Sheila

You can follow Dr Sheila Gilheany on Twitter, here.

You can follow Alcohol Action Ireland on Twitter, here.

You can read about Alcohol Action Ireland's work, here.

For further reading, about alcohol pricing policies in the WHO European region, get the resource here:

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Commercial Determinants of Health and the WHO: Conflicts of Interest at the New WHO Foundation

Commercial Determinants of Health and the WHO: Conflicts of Interest at the New WHO Foundation

April 29, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 16

Commercial Determinants of Health and the WHO: Conflicts of Interest at the New WHO Foundation

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

Welcome to the Alcohol Issues Podcast and our 16th episode. This week we focus on commercial determinants of health and the World Health Organization, zooming in on conflicts of interest at the new WHO Foundation and shedding light on the broader context of the corporate objectives of health harmful industries such as Big Alcohol and Big Junk Food.

Discussing the global governance of health and corporate interference

For the 16th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier welcomes Professor Jeffrey Collin and Dr Nason Maani.

Jeff Collin is Professor of Global Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, UK. A political scientist by background, he previously worked at the London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Moving to Edinburgh in 2005, he established a suite of MSc programmes in health policy, joining the School of Social & Political Science in 2010 when the Global Public Health Unit was created within Social Policy.

Nason Maani was most recently a 2019-2020 Harkness Fellow at the Boston University School of Public Health and an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is focused on the structural and commercial determinants of health. Nason also serves as advisor to the Boston University/Rockefeller 3D commission on Data, Determinants and Decision-making.

They are two of the authors of a very timely, important and high profile scientific commentary published in February in BMJ Global Health.

Their commentary is called “The New WHO Foundation — Global Health Deserves Better” and has received much attention, especially among civil society and community groups dealing with the effects of health harmful industries interfering in public health policy making, particularly in the areas of Non-Communicable Diseases and their risk factors.

In the conversation, they discuss the topic of global health governance, the importance of WHO’s independence and the challenges posed by commercial determinants of health.

They analyze key conflict of interest issues that threaten the credibility and norm-setting function of the World Health Organization.

This topic is brought into sharp focus by the newly created WHO Foundation and how it decides to treat the alcohol industry and other health harmful corporate giants, such as Nestle.

With Jeff and Nason, Maik discusses to what extent the recent debacle of the European Super League in football can serve as analogy to help understand key concerns around the WHO Foundation.

Nason and Jeff share profound insights into how health harmful corporations work and leverage donor relations to achieve their key corporate objectives.

They also look at the bigger picture. In the era of sustainable development, where NCDs and their risk factors, such as alcohol, are among the biggest obstacles to not only good health but sustainable development overall, conflicts of interest inherent in many partnerships and donor relations with commercial determinants of health pose serious threats to achieving NCDs and SDGs targets. Nason and Jeff explain how and why.

Resources for the conversation with Evan

You can follow Prof Jeffrey Collin's research output, here.

You can read more about Jeff's work, here.

You can follow Dr Nason Maani on Twitter, here.

You can see Nason's research activity and read more about his work, here.

You can read more about the WHO Foundation, here

For further reading, Movendi International's Science Digest covering the topic of Commercial Determinants of Health and covering Conflict of Interest issues.

Press release from 2015: AB InBev's corporate social responsibility campaign to "influence social norms and individual behavior" with $1 billion.

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Understanding Alcohol Taxation: Design, Potential and Window of Opportunity

Understanding Alcohol Taxation: Design, Potential and Window of Opportunity

April 23, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 15

Understanding Alcohol Taxation: Design, Potential and Window of Opportunity

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

Welcome to this in depth and far ranging conversation with Dr Evan Blecher of the World Health Organization focusing on pro-health taxes and specifically the design, potential and window of opportunity for better alcohol taxation.

Discussing alcohol taxation issues: affordability, framing, design and WHO's work to support countries

For the 15th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast we welcome Evan Blecher from the World Health Organization.

Dr. Evan Blecher is an Economist in the Fiscal Policies for Health unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. His work focuses on tax policy and its influence on health behaviors, including tobacco, alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. He is responsible for the development of new streams of work including alcohol and sugar-sweetened beverage taxes.

In the conversation, Evan and host Maik Dünnbier go deep into the weeds of health taxes, focusing more specifically on alcohol excises taxes. They discuss different terms for health taxes and what they reveal about the purpose and potential of health taxes.

Evan talks for instance about the term “sin taxes” and shares his analysis of the weaknesses of such a frame.

Host Maik Dünnbier also asks Evan about the evidence-base for health taxes in general and alcohol taxes in particular and how confident we can be in the knowledge today. Evan shares deep insights into how to design effective alcohol taxes and how to understand the primary purpose and objectives of alcohol taxation.

In the policy discussion of alcohol taxation often there seems to be a conflict in the minds of policy makers between raising revenue through alcohol taxes or reducing alcohol harm. Maik thus wanted to know from Evan if this conflict really exists and how we can best understand the potential of alcohol taxation.

Given the moment in time, where a public health crisis and an economic crisis are affecting people, communities and societies, WHO is working to support more countries to develop evidence-based alcohol taxes in order to make the most of the current window of opportunity to advance health taxes in general and alcohol taxes in particular to come out of the crisis healthier and stronger.

Resources for the conversation with Evan

You can follow Dr Evan Blecher on Twitter, here.

You can see Evan's research activity, here (Research gate) and here (Google Scholar)

You can read about the recently released WHO Tobacco Taxation manual, here.

Movendi International's Science Digest on alcohol taxation can be accessed here.

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THE WHO, BIG ALCOHOL SELF-REGULATION AND THE NEW GLOBAL ALCOHOL ACTION PLAN

THE WHO, BIG ALCOHOL SELF-REGULATION AND THE NEW GLOBAL ALCOHOL ACTION PLAN

March 24, 2021

Alcohol Issues Podcast - Episode 14

THE WHO, BIG ALCOHOL SELF-REGULATION AND THE NEW GLOBAL ALCOHOL ACTION PLAN

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

Welcome to this in depth and far ranging conversation about specific alcohol policy issues at the World Health Organization, alcohol industry regulation, World Trade Organization issues and the future of alcohol policy on the global level.

Questioning the alcohol industry's position of influence at the World Health Organization

For the 14th episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier welcomes Paula O’Brien, Tim Stockwell, and Robin Room.

Together with Kate Vallance they wrote an editorial in the latest Addiction Journal with the title: “WHO Should Not Support Alcohol Industry Co‐Regulation of Public Health Labelling”.

Paula O'Brien is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School, specializing in public health law.

Professor Robin Room, of the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), is a sociologist working on social, cultural and epidemiological studies of alcohol, other drugs and gambling behaviour and problems.

Professor Tim Stockwell is the Director of the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria.

In their research editorial the scientists discuss, why it is unwise for the World Health Organization (WHO) to include the alcohol industry in co-regulation of alcohol labelling.

In this podcast conversation host Maik Dünnbier discusses with the three guests their editorial in detail to explore the reasons why the alcohol industry should not be invited to co-regulate alcohol labelling. Beyond that, they also talk about the scientific evidence on alcohol health warning labelling and alcohol industry self-regulation.

To expand the conversation beyond the specific WHO proposal to invite Big Alcohol to self-regulate alcohol labelling, they further talk about possibilities for improvements to the global governance of alcohol.

And finally, the conversation dives into an important point from the editorial that also has larger significance: what does it mean to remove the alcohol industry from their position of influence?

Resources for the conversation with Paula, Robin and Tim

Read the complete editorial here.

  • Learn more about Associate Professor Paula O'Brien work at Melbourne Law School.
  • Follow Robin Room's Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University on Twitter. 
  • Follow Tim Stockwell's Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) on Twitter.

Movendi International coverage of issues surrounding the on-going development of the alcohol action plan, exposing how the alcohol industry works to derail the alcohol policy improvement at the WHO, using both tobacco industry allies and strategies.

Read the analysis #1: "Exposed: The Strategies Big Alcohol Deploys to Interfere in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation"

Read the analysis #2: "Big Tobacco’s Strategic Ally Interferes in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation"

Listen to the first podcast: "Exposing the major strategies of the alcohol industry to derail the development of the WHO alcohol action plan"

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Exposed: The Strategies Big Alcohol Deploys to Interfere in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation

Exposed: The Strategies Big Alcohol Deploys to Interfere in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation

March 18, 2021

Alcohol Issues - Episode 13

Exposed: The Strategies Big Alcohol Deploys to Interfere in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation

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

Revealing Big Alcohol Strategies to Undermine the Development of WHO Global Alcohol Action Plan

For this episode of the Alcohol Issues Podcast we welcome Shehara Cooray. And back on the podcast is also Kristina Sperkova.

Shehara is the manager of the Big Alcohol Exposed campaign – Movendi International’s initiative to expose and counter-act the unethical business practices of the alcohol industry.

Shehara documents and exposes the unethical tactics and practices of transnational alcohol giants, compiles company profiles, maps the alcohol industry and works with Movendi International members to expose the strategies of Big Alcohol.

Kristina is the President of Movendi International and is occasionally joining the Alcohol Issues Podcast for special occasions.

With host Maik Dünnbier, Shehara and Kristina discuss the submissions of alcohol industry front groups to WHO's consultation about the development of an action plan to better implement the WHO Global Alcohol Strategy.

Most recently, the World Health Organization published all submissions made to a web-based consultation from late last year about the development of a global alcohol action plan.

Shehara analyzed 16 submissions of major alcohol industry front groups from around the world.

We discuss the findings of the analysis and try to make sense of them, examine whether there are commonalities or even through-lines across the different front groups, from different countries and parts of the world. We also shed light on the use of science, or lack thereof, by the alcohol industry in their submissions.

And Kristina joins the conversation to help put the claims into context and discuss what Big Alcohol is actually up to.

Taking a detailed look at the suggestions of the alcohol industry for the development of a global action plan is revealing. The conversation helps identify the contradictions, shortcomings and the PR-spin the alcohol industry applies even to a technical consultation on a specific issue.

It's eye-opening conversation with Shehara and Kristina. This rapid analysis and short evaluation helps to expose why and how Big Alcohol engages with the World Health Organization.

Resources for the conversation with Shehara and Kristina

Read the first part of the analysis: "Big Tobacco’s Strategic Ally Interferes in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation"

Read the second part of the analysis: "Exposed: The Strategies Big Alcohol Deploys to Interfere in WHO Alcohol Policy Consultation"

Follow Kristina on Twitter.

Read Shehara's opinion pieces on our global voices portal.

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Hearing the Silent Voices: Children from families with alcohol problems in Ireland

Hearing the Silent Voices: Children from families with alcohol problems in Ireland

February 17, 2021

Alcohol Issues - Episode 12

Hearing the Silent Voices: Children from families with alcohol problems - Working for change in Ireland

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

Special edition - CoA Week 2021

For this special edition of the Alcohol Issues podcast we welcome Dr Sheila Gilheany for an in-depth conversation about the situation of children living in families with alcohol problems, the size of the problem and concrete solutions.

Sheila is the Chief Executive of Alcohol Action Ireland. 

CoA Week 2021 is the international awareness week to bring attention to the reality of children growing up in families with alcohol problems.

With host Maik Dünnbier Sheila discusses Alcohol Action Ireland’s work to raise awareness and improve the conditions of children growing up in families with alcohol problems. They are running the much needed initiative Silent Voices that works to end the silence around the impact of family alcohol problems on children.

Sheila shares deep insights into the extent of the problem in Ireland and we talk about what life is like for vulnerable children. I learn more about the Silent Voices initiative, how it works and what they’ve been doing in the last two years since it was started by three founding voices.

While the situation of children from families with alcohol problems is dire and yet there remains silence around the topic, there is a set of big and small solutions. Sheila talks with me about those and shares her vision of how the rights of vulnerable children can be much better protected through concrete alcohol policy and other interventions.

Resources for the conversation with Sheila

Follow Sheila on Twitter.

Follow Alcohol Action Ireland on Twitter.

  1. Read more about Alcohol Action Ireland's important work, here.
  2. Read more about the SILENT VOICES campaign, here.

And follow the Silent Voices initiative on Twitter.

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Changing the alcohol norm: The potential of digital communities and alcohol-free challenges

Changing the alcohol norm: The potential of digital communities and alcohol-free challenges

February 17, 2021

Alcohol Issues - Episode 11

Changing the alcohol norm: The potential of digital communities and alcohol-free challenges 

Movendi International's weekly in-depth conversation about latest alcohol issues.

Special edition - Dry January & February and more

As Dry February is in full swing in several countries, many people are continuing going alcohol-free after Dry January and there is this huge interest digital sober communities, we are bringing you a conversation with and about Hello Sunday Morning and Dry January.

There is the cultural phenomenon of Dry January, increasingly popular around the world. There is a campaign to spend February alcohol-free. There are initiatives for Sober Spring. Dry July and Sober October have also been established and enjoy increasing popularity. And there are campaign supporting people to spend the holidays alcohol-free.

Hello Sunday Morning and their Daybreaker App as well as Dry January and the Try Dry app are outstanding examples of the success and momentum to use digital technologies in support of people who want to reduce and quit their alcohol use and achieve other health and life goals in doing so.

Last October, to celebrate World Alcohol-Free Day on October 3rd and to support Sober October, we arranged an Sober Inspiration Talk with Andy Moore, CEO of Hello Sunday Morning, and Richard Piper, Chief Executive of Alcohol Change UK, the charity running Dry January. It was such an inspiring and insightful conversation that we want to bring some highlights back.

In this special edition, the Alcohol Issues Podcast host Maik Dünnbier is joined by Kristina Sperkova, the President of Movendi International and the moderator of the Sober Inspiration Talk with Andy and Richard. Kristina and Maik picked some highlights from the original conversation that they want to share. And they discuss some topics that Richard and Andy raise in more detail and depth.

Resources for the conversation with Andy and Richard

All about Alcohol Change  UK and Richard:

Follow Richard on Twitter.

Follow Alcohol Change UK on Twitter.

  1. Read more about Alcohol Change UK's important work, here.
  2. Read more about DRY JANUARY, here.

And follow Dry January on Twitter.

Here's more about Hello Sunday Morning and Andy:

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