This month the Australian Baseball Federation became the fourteenth national Australian sporting organization to ditch alcohol sponsorship in favor of government funding. The development was taken to show the success of the government’s discouragement program for alcohol branded sport sponsorship, offering 25 million Australian Dollars in replacement sponsorship deals if sporting bodies cut ties with Read More →

The final conference of the AMPHORA research project  was held with the Swedish Medical Society in Stockholm, on 17th-19th October. Among other things, the conference resulted in the publication of the AMPHORA Manifesto on Alcohol Policy, in which 71 scientists from 33 organizations from 14 European countries provide a base of understanding of alcohol policy Read More →

In the US a federal judge upheld a state ban on alcohol advertisements in college newspapers last month, saying that student papers do not have a First Amendment-protected right to advertise age-restricted products to their primarily underage readerships.   The newspaper in question is The Cavalier Daily, of the University of Virginia. Federal judge Lauck Read More →

Together with the AMPHORA project, the support of Eurocare and the Alcohol Policy Network, and with financial support from the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, the Swedish National Institute of Public Health, and IOGT-NTO, the Swedish Society of Medicine is hosting a symposium, debate and conference that runs from 17 till 20 October Read More →

The feature of a stricter Irish alcohol policy seems uncertain after its champion minister of state for primary care Róisín Shortall has resigned, following a clash with the Minister for Health James Reilly. In her resignation statement she implied that decisions on health infrastructure and staffing are driven by other concerns then public health.   Read More →

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) recently held a national summit on Alcohol Marketing to young people at the Parliament House in Canberra. In association with 70 member organizations of the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA) this summit was the stage for the release of a communique calling for action on alcohol marketing as Read More →

The Scottish Government’s minimum alcohol price policy is under attack from Europe. The Bulgarian Government has lodged a formal complaint, which may lead to a blocking of the Scottish plans.   The European Commission has been seeking views on the subject from its member states. The Bulgarian complaint means that this reflection period will be Read More →

Squeezable pouches, in Europe mostly used as packaging for fruit juice, soft drinks and dairy products, seem to be the latest trend in alcohol packaging in the US. Marketing website AdAge explores this unlikely new trend.   The AdAge article states that plastic pouches in the US are now containing wine, premixed cocktails and flavored Read More →