British supermarket chain ASDA has taken back its pledge to ban alcohol promotions from its store foyers. A spokesperson said this was the result of competitors not following ASDA’s example and pointed out that a lack of government regulation created this situation. Two and a half years ago, ASDA was the first British retailer to Read More →

A new British study suggests that football fans see two references to alcohol brands per minute when they watch matches on TV. The authors call for tighter government restrictions or even a ban on the marketing of alcohol during televised football matches. Researchers from the University of Newcastle analysed over 18 hours of football matches Read More →

The Ukrainian parliament plans to ban alcohol and tobacco advertising as part of a wide ranging reform that could half growth in the country’s advertising market next year. In a new bill still to go to vote, parliament proposes a complete ban on tobacco and alcohol advertising across all media and the abolition of any Read More →

A proposed bill banning alcohol advertising has pitted two ministers of the South African government against each other. Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula argues that the government may lose half a billion rand if alcohol advertising is banned. Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, is heading the interministerial committee on alcohol and substance abuse and wants to Read More →

In Norway, the state liquor monopoly Vinmonopolet wants to take over the sale of wine and spirits in tax-free shops. According to Vinmonopolet, airport sales threaten their legitimacy and financing. “When every seventh bottle of wine and liquor in Norway is bought in tax free, the long term effect could be that our legitimacy is Read More →