A Health Committee report has given a mixed, if not critical, verdict on the United Kingdom Government’s Alcohol Strategy published earlier this year. Although supportive of some aspects of the strategy, including the headline announcement of minimum pricing, the report is critical of an excessive focus on binge drinking over health issues and the lack Read More →

The Knesset, Israel’s government, has approved further restrictions on alcohol marketing. All alcohol marketing on billboards and public transport will be prohibited, while media outlets are only allowed to present strictly ‘informative’ advertisements, without models, text, or praise for the product. “Newspaper headlines about 12-year-old kids who are taken to the hospital because of alcohol Read More →

In Russia, the State Duma (Lower House) has approved a new law that prohibits alcohol advertising online and in printed media. After January 1st 2013 alcohol advertisements will be completely forbidden. This tightening on alcohol marketing is the work of deputies from United Russia, Sergei Zheleznyak, Irina Yarovaya and Igor Rudensky. “We had to take Read More →

Four franchises of Centra, an Irish super market, have been ordered to withdraw a promotion offering cheap alcohol as part of a deal for ‘children’s allowance day’. Children’s allowance day is the day of the month that low income families receive their Child Benefit. The A4 leaflets contained the heading ‘Children’s Allowance Day Deals’, and Read More →

Adolescent exposure to alcohol media content has been found to be associated with future drinking practices (Smith and Foxcroft, 2009; Anderson et al., 2009) as well as influencing immediate alcohol consumption (Engels et al., 2009). With the ubiquity of the Internet and New Media in young people’s lives today, there are influential new media channels Read More →