A collaborative initiative between eight Southern African countries, the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance, SAAPA, is a network which aims to address the challenge of harmonising and accelerating alcohol policy development in the region.

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The aims of SAAPA are to:

  • Share knowledge and experiences of alcohol policy development
  • Share research and strategy on alcohol policy development
  • Respond to local challenges with lobbying for appropriate policy interventions
  • Identify common policies that can be lobbied for in all countries in the region
  • Lobby as a regional block at global level
Sep 12, 2016

The Globe: New design, new format

The Globe, the magazine of the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, has been published with its first issue in a new format and design. The most important change is that the magazine will now be available only in a digital version.

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Aug 31, 2016

Alcohol industry afraid of losing their health image, adopts new and offensive strategies

The alcohol industry is afraid of losing their health image,WHO health initiatives make them fear for their lives and they intercept national policies to protect their own interests. This is documented in an in-depth article in the Wall Street Journal.

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Abigail Ramokoena: our poetry winner on SAAPA and Vic Falls
Aug 10, 2016

Abigail Ramokoena: our poetry winner on SAAPA and Vic Falls

As a run up to its forum held in Livingstone, Zambia from 11-14 July 2016, SAAPA held a poetry competition and invited young people from across the region to enter and stand a chance of attending the forum. Abigail Ramokoena (19) from Lesotho emerged the winner. She reflects on her experience of winning the competition, her time at the forum and her views on SAAPA.

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Should the world join the alcohol indutry in celebrating the international beer day?
Aug 05, 2016

Should the world join the alcohol indutry in celebrating the international beer day?

We the Southern Africa Alcohol policy Alliance –SAAPA wish to categorically to state that now and in the future we cannot join and support the alcohol industry in their initiated international beer day scheduled to take place on the 5th of August, 2016.

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Jun 06, 2016

[PODCAST] Cutting of alcohol ads in sport

Savera Kalideen from Soul City speaks on the possibility of cutting alcohol ads in sport and the type of message it sends to youngsters.

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Cutting alcohol ads in sport sends the right message to youngsters
Jun 01, 2016

Cutting alcohol ads in sport sends the right message to youngsters

An English barbershop owner and his son have embarked on a massive David and Goliath battle to outbid Thai beer Chang as the front-of-jersey sponsor of their local football team.

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SAAPA comments on alcohol in Zimbabwe
May 11, 2016

SAAPA comments on alcohol in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Social Forum takes a look at why there has been an increase in alcohol and drug abuse in Zimbabwe.

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Tungamirai Zimonte interview
Apr 18, 2016

Tungamirai Zimonte interview

Tungamirai Zimonte is a 30 year old, heart driven artist and activist with skills in journalism, social media, brand identity design and content creation.

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What they say, is not what they do!  High time to expose Big Alcohol
Apr 04, 2016

What they say, is not what they do! High time to expose Big Alcohol

Every 10 seconds a human being dies because of alcohol. At the same time, children and young people around the world are exposed to an avalanche of alcohol advertising – to entice them to start consuming alcohol, and to persuade them use more alcohol all the time. But why is it that nobody holds the alcohol industry accountable for promoting death and disease?

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Mar 14, 2016

What influences 11-year-olds to drink? Findings from the Millennium Cohort Study

Drinking in youth is linked to other risky behaviours, educational failure and premature death. Prior research has examined drinking in mid and late teenagers, but little is known about the factors that influence drinking at the beginning of adolescence. Objectives were: 1. to assess associations of parental and friends’ drinking with reported drinking among 11 year olds; 2. to investigate the roles of perceptions of harm, expectancies towards alcohol, parental supervision and family relationships on reported drinking among 11 year olds.

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