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Prevention in the Canton of Geneva: the effect of measures restricting access to alcohol

7 September 2010. The restriction of hours and points of sale of alcoholic beverages is an effective means of prevention a study by Addiction-Info Switzerland shows.


WHO adopts strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol in the African Region

Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) 3 September 2010 -- The sixtieth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa ended on Friday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, after adopting five resolutions aimed at improving the health situation in the African Region including a strategy on the reduction of the harmful use of alcohol.


'People should smoke and drink more', says Russian Finance Minister

Russian duties on cigarettes are among the lowest in Europe, nevertheless it did not stop the Russian Finance Minister to urge the public to smoke and drink more.


New Publication WHO EURO: Analysis to guide development of national alcohol action plans

The European Commission's Communication on alcohol, and the WHO framework for alcohol policy – Analysis to guide development of national alcohol action plans.


Privatising Sweden's retail alcohol sales will cause thousands more deaths, assaults, and other alcohol-related harms

01 September 2010 -- A study published today in the scientific journal Addiction argues that privatising Sweden's government monopoly on the sale of alcohol will significantly increase alcohol-related violence and other harms. Depending on the type of privatisation, experts predict that total alcohol consumption in Sweden will increase by 17 - 37%, with thousands more alcohol-related deaths, assaults, and drunk driving offences per year and up to 11 million more days of sick leave.


No strong alcohol in Moscow after 10 p.m.

Russians drink about 18 litres of pure alcohol a year[1] (which is equivalent of 38 litres of vodka), a habit that kills half a million people a year and is a major factor in population decline. An estimated 51% of production is on the black market, with factories running illegal night shifts and huge supplies of moonshine called samogon distilled in villages, where it acts as a second currency.


Beer giant selling more than expected

Today, August 17, the Danish company Carlsberg published their result of the first half of 2010, which shows a dramatic increase from 2.8 billion Danish krone in first half of 2009 to 4,5 billion Danish krone in first half of 2010.


Alcohol free stadia at the World Cup in Football, Brazil 2014

Brazil 2014 is set to be the first alcohol-free World Cup after organisers confirmed that none of the 12 stadia hosting matches will be allowed to sell drinks under anti-hooligan laws.


Rule Britannia- Home Office consults on new licensing rules

Home Office (UK) published a consultation paper on tackling the alarming increase in alcohol influenced crime. Home Office has recently taken responsibility for licensing and enforcement from Department for Culture, Media and Sport.


WHO and International Olympic Committee sign agreement to improve healthy lifestyles

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) are teaming up to promote healthy lifestyle choices, including physical activity, sports for all, Tobacco Free Olympic Games, and the prevention of childhood obesity.