Health advocates are using this crisis to further restrict alcohol

Global health advocates do not have their priorities straight, argues Bill Wirtz With the recent news that has revealed the structural deficiencies of the World Health Organisation (WHO), one would believe the UN’s global health body would be interested in laying low on other issues that would make it unpopular. However, in some strange death wish, […]

No crisis unused: Eurocare argues for ban on alcohol sponsorship in sports

While the world is battling the Coronavirus crisis, the European Alcohol Policy Alliance (EUROCARE) is facing a different goliath: alcohol sponsorship… in sports? A head-scratcher of sorts, especially given that the sports industry will fall on hard times this year if COVID-19 drags on. With cancelled events and games, cutting the sports industry off from […]

Quoted by The Spirits Business

I was quoted by The Spritis Business following a press release by the Consumer Choice Center on the decision of the Latvian Health Ministry to ban alcohol advertising. You can read my quotes down below, or find the full story here.

Welsh minimum alcohol pricing won’t work

There should, however, be no ambiguity about one point: the consumption of alcohol does bring health risks that all consumers should be aware of. Educational practices should promote and enable responsible drinkers without falling into blatant paternalism the likes of which will infantilise the Welsh consumer of their consumer choice.

Quand l’Europe s’en prend à nos bières préférées

L’Union européenne annonce agir avec pour objectif de réduire la consommation d’alcool. L’idée la plus récente en la matière : changer la politique fiscale pour encourager le brassage des bières à faible teneur en alcool. Ce changement nuira à toutes les brasseries belges.

Irish excise taxes hurt responsible drinkers

Irish levels of taxation on alcohol beverages are, in comparison with European counterparts, at appallingly high levels. These are being carried by the Irish consumer, most notably by those who are responsible drinkers. Is the Irish policy on alcohol the correct one to tackle public health concerns? The Irish excise tax rate on wine is […]

Anti-Alkohol Politik macht uns betrunken

Richtlinien zur Bekämpfung des Alkoholkonsums haben sich im letzten Jahrzehnt aggressiv vervielfacht. “Schützer der allgemeinen Gesundheit” sagen uns ständig, dass wir einfach nicht genug tun, um den hohen Alkoholkonsum in der Gesellschaft zu reduzieren.