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NordAN conference 2021 – Interfering factors in alcohol policy

November 19, 2021 - November 20, 2021

The main theme of the conference were different interferences around alcohol and drug policies. Economic operators, political ideologies and bad data, to name the main ones. The conference also addressed alcohol and cancer, COVID-19 and opioid issues.

CONFERENCE VENUE: Vilnius City Municipality building, Konstitucijos pr. 3, Vilnius 09601, Lithuania



Friday, November 19

10.00 Welcome and introduction

Linas Slušnys, MP of the Republic of Lithuania (2020-2024), member of the Committee on Health Affairs and the head of the Mental Health Subcommittee.
Professor Peter Allebeck, NordAN president
Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, Lithuanian tobacco and alcohol control coalition, president – REMEMBERING SOME INDUSTRY INTERFERENCES, while we think on whom and how to convince
Helén Nilsson, Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania, director

The conflict between political ideologies and evidence-based policies
Moderated by Peter Allebeck

Dr Ilona Tamutiene, Doctor of Social Sciences (Sociology), Professor at the Department of Public Administration, Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas, Lithuania) – Global Hegemonic Discourses in Development of Alcohol Policies. Case of Lithuania
Nils Garnes, Policy Officer in IOGT in Norway – Oljefondets alkoholproblem-campaign in Norway  + VIDEO CLIP
Dr Aurelijus Veryga,
Member of Lithuanian Parliament, former Health Minister – The conflict between political ideologies and evidence-based policies  + VIDEO CLIP

13.00 PLENARY 2
The interfering role of the alcohol industry
Moderated by Peter Moilanen

Professor Mark Petticrew, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – The alcohol industry’s contribution to public health: misinformation, disinformation and bad science
Emil Juslin, European Policy Officer, IOGT-NTO – Yard Sales in Swedish – The Trojan Horse of the Alcohol Industry  + VIDEO CLIP

14.00 PLENARY 3
Troubles caused by bad data and bad science
Moderated by Mindaugas Štelemėkas

Mariann Skar, former Secretary-General, Eurocare – Why do we need good data and what are the problems with the data we have?  + VIDEO CLIP
Lauri Beekmann,
Executive director, NordAN – Confusion over Estonia´s per capita consumption data
Professor Jürgen Rehm, Senior Scientist, Institute for Mental Health Policy Research and Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Is unrecorded consumption really a major impediment for implementation of effective alcohol policies?

15.30 Plenary 4 
The opioid crisis in Nordic and Baltic countries
Moderated by Nijole Gostautaite Midttun

Stig Erik Sørheim, head of the International Department of Actis (Norway) – Opioids in Norway  + VIDEO CLIP
Peter Moilanen
, Head of The Swedish Drug Policy Centre, NPC (Sweden)
Dr. Robertas Badaras, board member of Lithuanian tobacco and alcohol control coalition (Lithuania)

Saturday, November 20

10.00 Plenary 5
How to manage the interferences from plenaries 1, 2 and 3? Advocacy best practices.
Moderated by Stig Erik Sørheim

Florence Berteletti, Secretary-General, Eurocare – Is Big Alcohol so different from Big Tobacco? Lessons learnt from a tobacco control expert  + VIDEO CLIP
Patti Rundall, Baby Milk Action IBFAN UK – Learning from Baby milk  + VIDEO CLIP

11.00 Plenary 6
Alcohol and COVID-19. What have we learned from this period?

What can we conclude from three studies on alcohol and COVID-19? – Research Professor Pia Mäkelä, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare
Panel discussion moderated by dr Peter Allebeck
   Marja Pakarinen, EHYT Executive Director (Finland)
   Viljam Borissenko, The Public Foundation of Hope (Estonia)
   Emil Juslin, IOGT-NTO (Sweden)
   Mindaugas Štelemėkas, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (Lithuania)
   Aðalsteinn Gunnarsson, IOGT Iceland (Iceland)
   Christian Bjerre, Blue Cross Denmark (Denmark)
   Marit Barene, Rusfri Oppvekst (Norway)

12.00 Plenary 7
Britt Fredenman, Operational Developer, WOCAD/Women’s Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues (Sweden) – How to resist aggressive and targeted marketing of addictive substances aimed at girls. “The Pink Monster” – interactive methods for gender-specific drug prevention
Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, Lithuanian tobacco and alcohol control coalition, president – What´s the situation in Lithuanian alcohol policy?  + VIDEO CLIP
Dr Eeva Ollila, Senior Medical Officer at the Cancer Society of Finland – Alcohol and cancer – link that is still unknown to many


November 19, 2021
November 20, 2021
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