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Australian supermarket chain Woolworths last month defended plans for opening a liquor store opposite a primary school in New South Wales by referring to research by a psychologist claiming that exposing children to alcohol advertising helps protect them from ”the seductive powers of capitalism.’ This rhetoric has sparked a storm of protest.

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On the 31st of January, the Dutch television program ‘Nieuwsuur’ broadcasted a program on the fast growing beer market in Ethopia that is subsidized by Dutch foreign aid. Africa is the place to be for international beer brewers. The fast growing middle class poses an opportunity for alcohol producers. Water and fertile grounds is allocated Read More →

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The members of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)  voted on a draft motion for a resolution on the EU’s alcohol strategy on the 29th of January. By publishing a strategy in 2006, the European Union has tried to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe to help national governments, and other Read More →

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Seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youths was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking, according to a new study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

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The proposed ban on alcohol branded sports sponsoring is expected to be dropped. Health Minister Leo Varadkar said a ban would be desirable, “but only if other sponsorship was found and if it was practical to do so.” Irish public broadcaster RTÉ reports that the plans are expected to be dropped following discussions between several Read More →

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As part of the recent strengthening of alcohol marketing regulations in Finland pub owners are now faced with the prohibition of giving away free alcohol as a reward in draws or competitions. Since this month street advertising and social media advertising for alcoholic drinks have been banned. In addition to this alcohol can no longer Read More →