Washington, D.C., April 18, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) – Countries can improve public health by regulating the marketing of alcoholic beverages to reduce its consumption and related harms, and the Pan American Health Organization has developed new principles for countries to consider in developing these regulations. The new PAHO publication, “Technical note: Background on alcohol marketing regulation Read More →

European case of alcohol labelling is a good example of the results of industry lobby and effects of vested interests. An example where a logical decision is avoided and postponed without any serious explanation. It should be a wake-up call for both European Parliament and Commission to highlight alcohol policy and understand that without decisions, Read More →

Responsible drinking is a strategically ambiguous, industry-affiliated term that allows for multiple interpretations. Industry sources rarely reference government drinking guidelines in the context of responsible drinking, stressing individual responsibility and risk management. Public health practitioners should be aware of these distinctions, and use clear language regarding lower risk drinking. This is concluded in the article Read More →

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has produced a useful document on alcohol marketing regulation, which gives principles and issues to consider in  developing regulations to protect the public from alcohol marketing. The document covers approaches which can be used globally and can be found at: http://iris.paho.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/33972 or download the document directly via this link.  Abstract This document provides Read More →

The Lithuanian government on Wednesday approved in principle proposals that call for further restricting the hours of sale of alcohol and banning alcohol advertising. Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that the government managed to reach a compromise. The Cabinet endorsed in principle certain new restrictions currently under debate in the Seimas, such as limiting the Read More →

Danske Regioner’s chief health officer, Ulla Astman, has issued a recommendation to raise the legal drinking age in Denmark from 16 to 18, The Copenhagen Post reports. The only restriction for 16-year-olds is that they can’t buy alcohol in bars and restaurants and they can’t buy beverages with an alcohol content of more than 16.5%. The Read More →

Dutch pilots and cabin crew unions are calling for a ban on the sale of alcohol at Schiphol airport and a blacklist of passengers who misbehave. The unions were reacting to new figures which show there were 985 reports of ‘unruly passengers’ last year. The notifications are mostly of Dutch companies. Alcohol played a role Read More →