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2015 is the year that the EUs Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) will be put under review and is expected to be updated significantly. Currently, the AVMSD is the only law regulating media throughout the whole EU. IOGT-NTO, UNF, EUROCARE and EUCAM  think the 2015 review of the AVMSD is the perfect opportunity to improve Read More →

Irish public broadcaster RTE recently aired a program dedicated about the current critical uproar about drinks producer Diageo funding the public health campaign ‘Stop out-of-control-Drinking.’ The above video gives an introduction to these current events, followed by a discussion between Fergus Finlay, Barnardos CEO and chair of Stop Out Of Control Drinking campaign, and Senator Jillian VanturnHout, a children’s rights campaigner who’s published an open letter criticizing Diageos involvement in the campaign, undersigned by more then 50 individuals and organizations in the health sector.

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A recent poll shows that 80% of the Estonian population is in favour of a complete ban on alcohol advertising, the same way it done with tobacco advertising. Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas reacted cautionary, explaining that a complete ban on advertising is difficult to implement since many online ads originate from abroad. “Alcohol advertising Read More →

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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 →