Washington, D.C., April 18, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) – Countries can improve public health by regulating the marketing of alcoholic beverages to reduce its consumption and related harms, and the Pan American Health Organization has developed new principles for countries to consider in developing these regulations. The new PAHO publication, “Technical note: Background on alcohol marketing regulation Read More →

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has produced a useful document on alcohol marketing regulation, which gives principles and issues to consider in  developing regulations to protect the public from alcohol marketing. The document covers approaches which can be used globally and can be found at: http://iris.paho.org/xmlui/handle/123456789/33972 or download the document directly via this link.  Abstract This document provides Read More →

Danske Regioner’s chief health officer, Ulla Astman, has issued a recommendation to raise the legal drinking age in Denmark from 16 to 18, The Copenhagen Post reports. The only restriction for 16-year-olds is that they can’t buy alcohol in bars and restaurants and they can’t buy beverages with an alcohol content of more than 16.5%. The Read More →

Blog written by Nijole Gostautaite Midttun, Lithuanian Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK) Lithuania might be on the verge of a total advertising ban – a simple and cost effective measure to control alcohol related harm. It almost happened in 2012, but was revoked under industry pressure couple of weeks before coming into effect. In Read More →

Removing alcohol adverts from streets and public transport, and phasing out alcohol sponsorship in sport are among the steps that should be taken to prevent alcohol companies grooming children. In a report published today by Alcohol Focus Scotland, leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of Read More →

The pilot study by Jernigan and others (2017), focused on digital and social media and compared young people with adults on the amount of alcohol marketing they recalled seeing. Youth reported greater exposure to alcohol marketing  and promotional content than adults in most media, including on the Internet. Furthermore, youth reported greater engagement with alcohol Read More →

Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have a determinant role to play in preventing alcohol initiation and reducing alcohol related harm, especially in vulnerable groups such as women and youth. A new tool has been published to help NGOs monitor alcohol marketing. 

Authors: M. Petticrew, N. Douglas, P. D’Souza, Y.M. Shi, M.A. Durand, C. Knai, E. Eastmure, N. Mays Title: Community Alcohol Partnerships with the alcohol industry: what is their purpose and are they effective in reducing alcohol harms? Journal: Journal of Public Health, pp. 1–16, doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdw139 Abstract: Background:  Local initiatives to reduce alcohol harms are common. One Read More →

In a recent study, Addiction Switzerland provides an overview of the challenges linked to online alcohol marketing. The main findings of the research are presented below. The study consists of four parts: (Non systematic) review of the literature on the impact and the strategies of online marketing for alcohol Monitoring of online alcohol marketing via Read More →