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
WHO, UNDP and FORUT: Integrating national policies on the harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence and HIV
May 20, 2015

WHO, UNDP and FORUT: Integrating national policies on the harmful use of alcohol, gender-based violence and HIV

Integrating policies to reduce harmful drinking, gender-based violence and hiv/aids will give better results on all three areas compared to addressing them in isolation. This came out of the conference in Oslo the 5th of May. The Oslo meeting was co-hosted by WHO, UNDP, FORUT and the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services. This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT.

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UK needs to get tougher on alcohol - OECD
May 20, 2015

UK needs to get tougher on alcohol - OECD

A review by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of the 34 wealthiest countries found average annual consumption of pure alcohol was 10.6 litres per person - equal to 115 bottles of wine. A rise from under 10 litres in the early 1990s. This article was written by by Nick Triggle, health correspondent for the BBC.

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Alcohol industry timing social media promotions to tie-in with major sporting fixtures, research shows
Apr 28, 2015

Alcohol industry timing social media promotions to tie-in with major sporting fixtures, research shows

The link between sport and alcohol is a long standing one. This article highlights the RMIT study on how social media is now a key player in selling alcohol and how the industry times its posts to tie in with major sporting fixtures. (This article was written by Micheal Edwards for ABC News Australia)

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Youth Health Mag - Drinking Culture In Films Putting Teens At Risk Of Early Alcohol Exposure
Apr 28, 2015

Youth Health Mag - Drinking Culture In Films Putting Teens At Risk Of Early Alcohol Exposure

Youth Health Mag reports on a study published the Pediatric journal on how youth that have been exposed to more alcohol being consumed in films than their peers are more likely to have tried alcohol.

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Alcohol controls should match those on smoking
Apr 17, 2015

Alcohol controls should match those on smoking

Carwyn Hooper calls for alcohol controls as stringent as smoking controls. (This article was originally written by Carwyn Hooper for www.theconversation.com and appeared on BDLive)

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Alcohol Policy Alliance of Lesotho (APAL) trains 30 people in alcohol policy
Apr 15, 2015

Alcohol Policy Alliance of Lesotho (APAL) trains 30 people in alcohol policy

The APAL in collaboration with the Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu Centre conducted a training workshop on Advocacy for Evidence Based Alcohol Policy for 30 participants in March in Maseru

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Global brewers target Africa to boost profits
Apr 01, 2015

Global brewers target Africa to boost profits

Is Africa the market to be captured? Economic development leads to an increase in disposable income by ordinary citizens. Recognising this the alcohol industry has declared their intention to capitalise on this and increase market share from Africa. Diageo and SABMiller seem to be leading the charge.

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Momentum for change - Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2015
Mar 26, 2015

Momentum for change - Global Alcohol Policy Conference 2015

The Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA) and Alcohol Focus Scotland are delighted to co-host the Global Alcohol Policy Conference which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 7-9 October 2015. Themed Momentum for change: Research and Advocacy Reducing Alcohol Harm, the conference is supported by the Scottish Government and NHS Health Scotland.

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Mar 03, 2015

The hidden harm: Alcohols impact on children and families

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CARE), have released a study examining the impact of alcohol and prevalence of heavy drinking on families and children. One of the key finding was over 1million Australian children are negatively affected by those drinking around them. This article was written for and published by BBC News

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New alcohol rules will reduce deaths and injuries
Feb 21, 2015

New alcohol rules will reduce deaths and injuries

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) welcomes the new national alcohol norms and standards released by the Minster of Trade and Industry.

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