This paper in response to combatting paternalistic lifestyle regulations across the globe. The WHO is currently working on a new Global Alcohol Strategy, which might prove to be a significant departure from its current (pretty good) strategy that focuses on the harmful use of alcohol and recommended harm reduction measures, better healthcare, drink-driving laws, etc
The working document for the new strategy was published recently, and it takes a more neo-prohibitionist approach. It focuses heavily on taxation and other pricing measures and recommends a total ban on alcohol advertising. It stresses the need to reduce overall alcohol consumption, not just harmful consumption. It does not discuss the unintended consequences of regulation and taxation on illicit trade. It raises the possibility of a global anti-alcohol treaty modeled on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and even suggests a global alcohol tax ‘with the use of the money raised to be governed internationally’ (presumably by the WHO). Compilation and synthesis undertaken to produce this document were done with the Liberty Sparks under the department of Research and Education. The team of three experts volunteers led by Evans Exaud, Elias Mutani, and Emanuel Ulomi run desk research and reviewing various documents and coming up with this paper. We thank all of them for the dedication and tireless efforts they put into this work. We made use of different reports and synthesized them to produce this
report and made the judgment on what to consider during the creation of the WHO Global Strategy. We take responsibility for and on behalf of Liberty Sparks to defend and present these recommendations to decision-makers and see changes happening.