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
Nov 04, 2015

A Win-Win Measure for Financing Development

Alcohol taxation is an evidence-based, useful, impactful tool to generate funding for sustainable development. It creates a win-win situation for developing and developed countries alike. This is the key message in a new publication on alcohol taxation published by IOGT International.

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Oct 31, 2015

New national alcohol policy alliance established in Sierra Leone

Last Wednesday the Sierra Leone Alcohol Policy Alliance was launched at a big national conference in the capital Freetown. The new alliance will now push for a national alcohol policy. Only a few days earlier a similar alliance for Sri Lanka was launched, also with the acronym SLAPA; Sri Lanka Alcohol Policy Alliance.

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Oct 22, 2015

Diageo spends most on out-of-home advertising

Drinks manufacturer spends €2.8 million in sector in first half of 2015.

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Oct 22, 2015

Don’t worry about the kids: Let’s just protect the alcohol industry

A recent study from Monash University found that a quarter of all alcohol advertising on Australian TV was during televised sports. Importantly, 86 per cent of alcohol advertising between 6am and 8.30pm (that is, when kids are most likely to be watching TV) was during sports programming.

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Oct 20, 2015

Review SABMiller takeover bid urges Soul City

Soul City Institute for Health & Development Communication says the $106billion takeover of SABMiller will give AB Inbev access to even more cheap raw materials, labour and production processes given the discounts that will be made available to a company of this size. The same advantage will accrue to their future attempts to broker deals relating to marketing, sponsorship and manufacturing.

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Oct 16, 2015

GAPC calls for a national and global push for stronger alcohol policies

“No responsible government can ignore the dramatic consequences that alcohol use has for the health and wellbeing of its people. It is a primary task for governments to protect the health of their citizens.” With this strong opening statement Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set the tone for the rest of the Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Edinburgh last week. The First Minister in particular supported the idea of Minimum Unit Pricing on alcohol, a very hot political topic in Scotland right now.

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Oct 16, 2015

Conference declaration from GAPC 2015 in Scotland

With music from a traditional Scottish bagpipe the participants at GAPC in Edinburgh were encouraged to bring the Conference Declaration out to their respective countries, constituencies and communities.

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Sep 29, 2015

New booklet "Childhood matters": Alcohol and drug problems from a child rights perspective

Millions of children globally suffer as a consequence of the use of intoxicating substances like alcohol and illicit drugs. This is an important, but too often neglected, child rights issue. The new FORUT publication “Childhood matters” describes this problem and suggests action to be taken to protect children’s health and well-being.

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 Alcohol industry creating a new culture
Aug 11, 2015

Alcohol industry creating a new culture

The introduction of International Beer Day is a serious cause for concern. SAAPA asks how we as a society can sit back and allow this to continue.

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SAAPA Response: Restaurants, bars, clubs - a social space or a disguised liquor store?
Aug 04, 2015

SAAPA Response: Restaurants, bars, clubs - a social space or a disguised liquor store?

SAAPA's response to Business Day article, 'Curbing the wild use of alcohol'. The article provides the facts and looks at illegal liquor outlets.

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