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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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New alcohol rules bring social cheer
Feb 18, 2015

New alcohol rules bring social cheer

The newly gazetted National Liquor Norms and Standards will promote safer social spaces for alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related violence, says the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication.

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Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight
Feb 03, 2015

Sustainability in Drinks - Sports Sponsorship in the Spotlight

Sponsorship of sporting events by alcohol companies is once again under intense scrutiny, across a number of countries, and pressure on policymakers to regulate against it is increasing. Ben Cooper delves deeper. (This article was written by Ben Cooper for and published on www.just-drinks.com)

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Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year
Feb 02, 2015

Alcohol abuse costs SA’s taxpayers R300bn or more a year

South Africans have a huge drinking problem. We are the biggest boozers in Africa... (This article was written by Zinhle Maphumulo for and published by City Press - 1 February 2015)

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Jan 28, 2015

Bingeing's bad hangover

Binge drinking can start harming your immune system within hours, according to new research. (This article was written by Tanya Farber for and published by The Times - 23 January 2015)

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Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic
Jan 15, 2015

Alcohol policy will impact HIV/AIDS epidemic

Alcohol plays a role in numerous stages of HIV disease from disease acquisition to health seeking behaviours to ART adherence to disease outcomes. Alcohol policy can impact on the HIV epidemic, said Dr. Neo K. Morojele at NGO forum in Botswana. Morejele was speaking at the annual SAAPA Forum held in Gaborone, Botswana in December. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published in www.add-resources.org)

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New national policy alliance launched
Dec 17, 2014

New national policy alliance launched

At a function in downtown Gaborone, Botswana a new policy alliance and an NGO manual on alcohol advertising was launched in the presence of the Ministry of Health. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published on www.add-resources.org)

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Alcohol advocacy manual launched
Dec 17, 2014

Alcohol advocacy manual launched

A manual for alcohol advocacy was launched by the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance at their annual forum in Botswana recently. The manual is aimed at activists who work to towards the banning of alcohol advertising and restriction of alcohol marketing.

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Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group
Dec 15, 2014

Tipple sales need more policing says alcohol advocacy group

As the festive season approaches, some South Africans are likely to be spending year-end bonuses on booze in what the World Health Organisation (WHO) has dubbed one of Africa’s hardest-drinking nations.

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SAAPA to host annual regional forum in Botswana
Dec 01, 2014

SAAPA to host annual regional forum in Botswana

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) will today kick off its annual regional forum in Gaborone, Botswana. The forum will be a three-day event taking place from 1 to 3 December 2014. The theme of the conference is Celebrate, understand, review and build.

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Interview with Jonas Ngulube, Spokesperson/Coordinator of the Zambian Network
Nov 17, 2014

Interview with Jonas Ngulube, Spokesperson/Coordinator of the Zambian Network

An interview with Zambian Networks Jonas Ngulube. Ngulube is Coordinator and Spokesperson of the Zambian Network an issues and policy organisation. He tells us how young people and women are the most affected by alcohol related issues.

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Oct 29, 2014

Blue Cross Madagascar add the YWCA (FIKRIZAMA) to stakeholder pool

YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) (FIKRIZAMA), who were trained by Blue Cross Madagascar in September have already been mobilising their communities in the regional effort to reduce levels of smoking, alcohol and drug training.

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'No Ordinary Commodity' published in Mandarin
Oct 21, 2014

'No Ordinary Commodity' published in Mandarin

The key publication to evidence-based alcohol policy interventions, Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity, is now available also in Mandarin Chinese language. This is an important move towards spreading this knowledge base to much larger target groups. The book is now published in English, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish and Thai. (This article was written by Dag Endal for FORUT and published in www.add-resources.com)

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Malawi – a natural policy experiment to draw lessons from
Oct 21, 2014

Malawi – a natural policy experiment to draw lessons from

Civil society organizations can, when adequately resourced and supported, play an important and productive role in steering policy developments in a sound public-interest direction. This is the conclusion in a recently published article about Malawi in the International Journal on Alcohol and Drug Research.

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Alcohol marketing during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: A case for stricter regulations?
Oct 21, 2014

Alcohol marketing during the 2014 FIFA World Cup: A case for stricter regulations?

New EUCAM trend report on alcohol marketing during the 2014 World Cup of Football signalises new trends in a youth friendly sporting context in 8 European countries.

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