CEO of beer brewer Heineken Jean-François van Boxmeer had urged public health advocates and politicians to drop their “mistrust” of the global alcohol industry. So, I decided to give his arguments a look and asked myself: Should I start trusting Big Alcohol?
Here’s what I realised and came up with eventually…

Maik Dünnbier Maik's Blog Published: 2014.04.19

Thailand is facing the progressive liberalisation of its market of health-demoting commodities. We are not only witnessing adverse impacts of increasing numbers of alcohol use prevalence particularly in the young and among female. We also have to witness the high social costs of alcohol consumption in Thailand, as well as the destructive influences of the global alcohol industry on our country’s alcohol policy process – ranging from eroding legal restrictions of free trade to protect health (such as Technical Barriers to Trade) as well as the aggressive lobbying of big industry…

Orratai Waleewong Orratai's Blog Published: 2014.04.17

The rise of cancer worldwide is a major obstacle to human development and well-being… immediate action is needed to confront this human disaster, which touches every community worldwide, without exception…

Moses Waweru Moses' Blog Published: 2014.04.17

On behalf of Nada India Foundation I had the opportunity to raise a number of points and suggested the following to be included in the final white paper prepared during the PHFI consultation on Alcohol Control Policy…

Suneel Vatsyayan Suneel's Blog Published: 2014.04.14

Unlike in the West, documentation on the overall effects of alcohol, has been poor in India. Its increasing availability and use in the last decade has also brought myriad problems affecting both the individual and society…

Johnson Edayaranmula Johnson's Blog Published: 2014.03.31

Where alcohol is concerned, we need to look at the long term destruction it causes or else we are doomed…

Brenda Mkwesha Brenda's Blog Published: 2014.03.26

I tried to define what it is that distinguishes and separates the two sides within civil society and can record that we agree on many issues that appear to be dividing lines: these are the four…

Esbjörn Hörnberg Esbjorn’s Blog Published: 2014.03.21

The first task of a public health-oriented drug policy is to prevent drug-related problems from occurring. Environmental strategies that discourage drug use and reduce the availability of illegal drugs are a central element of prevention. Community-based strategies that promote drug-free environments and supportive social norms are shown to reduce the use of both legal and illegal substances…

Sven-Olov Carlsson Sven-Olov’s Blog Published: 2014.03.18