Alcohol Policies

Regulating Physical Access to Alcoholic Beverages

Regulation of alcoholic beverages consists of various measures that are applicable to outlets, selling hours, age, etc. Research suggests that restrictions on the dates and hours when alcoholic beverages can be sold as well as reduction of the number of outlets where they can be sold help to minimize alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems.

Advertising Bans

Studies show that alcohol advertisements and the movie scenes involving alcohol consumption promote alcohol consumption. Ads promote the sense of drinking in a relatively risk-free manner and reinforce this perception. Various restrictions have been imposed on these ads of alcoholic beverages given their effects.

Pricing and Taxation

There is strong evidence that any rise in prices of alcoholic beverages results in declining consumption of those beverages and vice versa. Therefore, price increases and taxation are considered as an effective public health tool for minimizing alcohol consumption and associated damages.

Turkish Alcohol Policy Platform

Turkish Alcohol Policy Platform (TAPP) has been established to ensure compliance of the existing national and international alcohol policies with the public health norms and raise awareness about the harms of alcohol. It closely monitors international organizations’ decisions and practices concerning alcohol policies and tries to ensure that bills are passed regarding those decisions and practices that may be binding or serve as a model for our country. In this sense, TAPP is a public health platform that conducts advocacy, lobbying, research, observation, data creation, reporting and awareness raising work.

TAPP was established as a civil initiative in 2013 with the participation of 30 organizations and institutions in the field of alcohol policies, health, human rights, education, consumption, family, youth, tourism and the like. The production, sale, consumption, advertising, and promotion of alcohol, activities that foster alcohol consumption, and the relevant affairs fall within the domain of the TAPP.