The publications listed on this page were either produced by the discussion and consensus of our projects or serve as supporting documentation to our work. Many of these materials have been translated in part or in full into several languages.
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Communication on Engagement submitted by the International Center for Alcohol Policies
In October 2014, ICAP submitted its first Communication on Engagement (COE) to the United Nations Global Compact. The COE is a tool for a non-business participant like ICAP to express its commitment through transparency, and communicate the ways the organization advances the Global Compact. ICAP's submission details its partnerships with local governments, civil society organizations, industry, and academia which were developed to promote understanding of the role of alcohol in society and address harmful drinking globally.
Alcohol misuse and global health: The case for an inclusive approach to harmful drinking
In this paper addressing health in the post-2015 development agenda, ICAP President Marcus Grant and Deputy President Marjana Martinic write that when more inclusive stakeholder engagement is used to address harmful drinking, the shared responsibility can bring more resources to help reduce alcohol-related health issues. Although a primary perspective in developing alcohol regulations is to reduce overall exposure to alcohol through limiting availability, increased taxation, and advertising restrictions, Grant and Martinic recommend examining alcohol-related risk factors within their particular social, cultural, and economic context, and engaging non-traditional stakeholders to take action to improve health outcomes. The article originally appeared as a contribution to the Health in the Post-2015 Development call for papers by the United Nations in December 2012.
The Dublin Principles
The Dublin Principles represent a first step toward defining the ethical issues surrounding collaboration among researchers, public health, the beverage alcohol industry, and others. Adopted by consensus by an international group of experts in 1997, The Dublin Principles provide a framework for cooperation, while at the same time safeguarding transparency. (Available in Chinese, English, French, Hungarian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.)
The Geneva Partnership on Alcohol: Towards a Global Charter
In May 2000, ICAP convened an international meeting to agree on a draft charter on alcohol policy. This meeting was the culmination of two years of input and commentary from meetings and consultation involving over 200 inpiduals from around the world. The resulting document—The Geneva Partnership on Alcohol: Towards a Global Charter—is intended as a policy tool to assist in alcohol policy development at the international, regional, national, and local levels. (Available in English, French, Hungarian, Russian, and Spanish.)
A Suggested Framework for Responsibility
ICAP sponsors have identified a series of suggested steps that they believe will assist in developing meaningful alcohol policies, promoting responsible drinking, and helping to combat abuse of beverage alcohol in emerging markets. These steps are outlined in A Suggested Framework for Responsibility. The role of the alcohol industry members in emerging markets and the efforts they have made to combat abuse are more fully discussed in Chapter 16 of ICAP’s 2004 book, Corporate Social Responsibility and Alcohol: The Need and Potential for Partnership.
Alcohol and Violence: Exploring Patterns and Responses (2008)
This monograph explores the association between alcohol and violence and contributes to the dialogue on appropriate and effective responses. It consists of four papers, each providing a distinct disciplinary perspective from the author’s area of expertise—anthropology, clinical psychology, human rights law and gender, and public health and violence. Anne Fox examines the meanings attached to drinking and violence in different cultures and focuses on the concepts of disinhibition, masculinity, and the drinking environment. Kenneth E. Leonard examines the biomedical and psychological explanations for alcohol’s effects, looking at whether certain inpidual characteristics explain the relationship between some drinking patterns and some patterns of violent behavior. Courtney O’Connor and Claire Dickson address how human rights and culture can work together to prevent violence and other risky behavior; they identify strategies used to respond to analogous social problems and extrapolate promising lines of action for the future. Finally, Joseph Asare and Ronald West have developed a set of international guidelines, intended to enhance communications between first responders to alcohol-related violence, particularly between the health and law enforcement sectors. The guidelines supplement an annotated bibliography of first-responder guidelines, developed by ICAP in 2008. (Introduction of the monograph is available in Spanish.)
Guidance for First Responders in Violent Situations Involving Alcohol: An Annotated Bibliography (2008)
ICAP has developed an annotated bibliography of sources of guidance for first responders (e.g., the police, emergency room staff, public health care providers, and shelter staff) in situations involving alcohol and violence. The document summarizes relevant resources on violence and highlights instances where alcohol is specifically referenced. ICAP’s careful review of this literature found that existing documentation (1) frequently dealt with the intersection of alcohol and violence; (2) tended to address only one of the target groups mentioned above; and (3) generally did not address the crucial issue of communication between the different first responder sectors.
Responsible Drinks Marketing: Shared Rights and Responsibilities. A Report of an ICAP Expert Committee (2006)
The ICAP Expert Committee on Responsible Drinks Marketing met in June 2006. This meeting report reflects the views expressed by the Committee members, including perspectives of marketers, regulators, beverage alcohol producers, researchers, and consumers. It lists examples of responsible drinks marketing mechanisms in different countries and concludes with eight recommendations that focus on three distinct contexts: (a) understanding perspectives on responsible drinks marketing; (b) unifying principles for marketing worldwide; and (c) best practice strategies for marketers. A commentary on the Committee’s recommendations by its Chairman, Hugh Burkitt, was published in a 2007 issue of the International Journal of Wine Business Research (IJWBR).
Alcohol Policies in Context: International Perspectives, 1995 to 2015 (2005)
Alcohol policy has long been an arena of great activity, controversy, and change—perhaps because it most accurately reflects the evolving social, cultural, political, and public health perspectives of communities, cultures, countries, and governments. This Just-drinks.com management briefing presents an informed look forward at this evolving policy landscape. Based on a survey marking the International Center for Alcohol Policy's tenth anniversary, this briefing presents the views of ICAP Senior Consultants on alcohol policy over the last ten years and a look forward to 2015.
What Drives Underage Drinking? An International Analysis (2004)
This monograph explores the basis of underage drinking from epidemiological, biomedical, and cultural perspectives and reviews their implications for future research, education, and government policy. It consists of three scientific papers, followed by three commentaries. The main purpose of the monograph is to demonstrate the complexity of underage and youthful drinking and the many different factors that need to be taken into account in designing appropriate responses. The monograph will be of interest to all those concerned with young people’s drinking. Although it does not offer specific recommendations, it provides essential background material from perspectives that are seldom considered in relation to each other. (Available in Japanese. Click on the monograph title above to access French, Russian, and Spanish translations of the executive summary.)
Industry Views on Beverage Alcohol Advertising and Marketing, with Special Reference to Young People (2002)
In 2002, ICAP was invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare a paper summarizing the ethical position of its industry sponsors against targeting underage young people and supporting the promotion of only responsible drinking patterns. This paper, which served as a background contribution to a WHO technical meeting in Valencia, Spain, discusses the lack of sufficient evidence to support an association between advertising and levels or patterns of drinking, as well as industry efforts toward self-regulation and social responsibility. ICAP offers suggestions for possible areas of partnership with WHO to combat alcohol problems among young people.
Self-regulation and Alcohol (2002)
This “how-to” manual provides an overview of industry self-regulation in the alcohol field. Using concrete examples, the manual is intended to assist those practitioners in developing and emerging markets who may be interested in establishing self-regulation for alcohol beverages and offers a model code of practice for alcohol marketing.
Creating Alcohol Policies for the 21st Century: A Building Block Action Checklist (2002)
This document provides a stepwise approach that can be used to develop alcohol policies at the local, national, regional, and international levels. It guides the user from assessing the current status of alcohol issues to implementation and evaluation of strategies.
Learning about Drinking Letters (2001)
In conjunction with the publication of the 2001 book, Learning about Drinking, ICAP gathered and published a series of letters, written by individuals in the alcohol field worldwide. These letters are addressed to young people and offer advice about alcohol. It is that this compilation of different approaches from around the world may be helpful to parents and other guardians as they discuss alcohol with young people in their charge.
Life Skills Education in South Africa and Botswana(2000)
This report evaluates the implementation of a primary school life skills education program in southern Africa. With technical assistance from the World Health Organization, ICAP supported the development of teaching materials and the training of teachers. Commencing with a pilot project in five primary schools (grades 1–3) in the North West Province of South Africa in 1997, ICAP developed a full primary sector (grades 1–7) life skills program that has been field tested in two provinces in South Africa (10 schools) and in Gaborone, Botswana (5 schools).