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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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Drinks giant taps into continent rise
Oct 21, 2014

Drinks giant taps into continent rise

DIAGEO is relying on spirits such as Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka to drive expansion in Africa as economic growth boosts incomes and demand climbs for premium drinks. (Article written by Moses Mozart Dzawu and originally published by Business Report)

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Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng - Director Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu
Oct 19, 2014

Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng - Director Blue Cross Thaba Bosiu

Interview with Mphonyane Mofokeng, Director Blue Clue Thaba Bosiu, Lesotho. A comprehensive interview about her responsibilities and alcohol policy developments in Lesotho. Mofokeng tell us about the challenges and the triumphs over the years.

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Alcohol in South Africa
Oct 06, 2014

Alcohol in South Africa

Professor Charles Parry, from the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Research Unit of the Medical Research Council of South Africa, proposes that with a few key policy measures South Africa could address their alcohol problem and culture of heavy drinking.

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'Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing, says study
Oct 03, 2014

'Hundreds of lives lost' over failure to bring in minimum alcohol pricing, says study

This article was written by Chris Green and originally published in The Independent on 1 October 2014

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International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho
Jul 31, 2014

International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho

The Thaba Bosiu Centre of the Blue Cross will host an International Conference on Alcohol Policy to be held in Lesotho on the 9th and 10th of October 2014. The conference will take place at Lehakoe in Maseru.

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Jul 15, 2014

Alcohol industry riding the wave of economic recession - Eucam trend report

The alcohol industry has reacted on the economic recession by taking various actions. A new EUCAM trend report aims to provide insight in the marketing tactics of the alcohol industry in this period.

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