New research by Noel and colleagues shows that violations of the content guidelines within self-regulated alcohol marketing codes are highly prevalent in certain media. Exposure to alcohol marketing, particularly among youth, is also prevalent. Taken together, the findings suggest that the current self-regulatory systems that govern alcohol marketing practices are not meeting their intended goal Read More →

On basis of the evidence on the effectiveness of self-regulation, EPHA concluded that there is no justification for endorsing self-regulation as policy mechanism to deliver public health objectives.  As follow-up to the event “Self-regulation: a false promise for public health?”, held on 18 October 2016 in the European Parliament, EPHA (European Public Health Alliance) published Read More →

Authors: Jonathan K. Noel, Thomas F. Babor, Katherine Robaina, Melissa Feulner, Alan Vendrame, Maristela Monteiro Title: Alcohol marketing in the Americas and Spain during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament Journal: Addiction, 2016, 10.1111/add.13487 Abstract: Aims: To identify the nature of visual alcohol references in alcohol advertisements during televised broadcasts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Tournament matches Read More →

Authors: Jonathan K. Noel & Thomas F. Babor Title: Does industry self-regulation protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing? A review of compliance and complaint studies Journal: Addiction, 2016, 10.1111/add.13432 Abstract: Background and aims: Exposure to alcohol marketing is considered to be potentially harmful to adolescents. In addition to statutory regulation, industry self-regulation is a common way Read More →

Authors: Jonathan K. Noel, Thomas F. Babor, Katherine Robaina Title: Industry self-regulation of alcohol marketing: a systematic review of content and exposure research Journal: Addiction, 2016, 10.1111/add.13410 Abstract: Background and aims: With governments relying increasingly upon the alcohol industry’s self-regulated marketing codes to restrict alcohol marketing activity, there is a need to summarize the findings of research relevant to Read More →

Authors: Jonathan Noel, Zita Lazzarini, Kate Robaina & Alan Vendrame Title: Alcohol Industry Self-Regulation: Who is it really protecting? Journal: Addiction, 2016, 10.1111/add.13433 Abstract: Self-regulation has been promoted by the alcohol industry as a sufficient means of regulating alcohol marketing activities. However, evidence suggests that the guidelines of self-regulated alcohol marketing codes are routinely violated, resulting in excessive Read More →

European news portal last week obtained a leaked draft proposal of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which regulates broadcast and on demand media at the European level. As hoped by many health scientists and NGOs, the proposal underscores the importance of protecting young people against harmful media content, including alcohol advertising. However, worries Read More →