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.
This document provides evidence for arguments supporting alcohol marketing regulation, and suggests key elements that can be considered by countries in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating effective regulation. It also provides legislative language that can assist governments in developing or modifying existing laws and implementing monitoring mechanisms. It complements a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) report from an exploratory meeting on alcohol regulation held in January 2015 and is firmly based in the Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful use of Alcohol of the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as the subsequent PAHO Regional Plan of Action, but also the WHO and PAHO plans of action for the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases, and PAHO resolutions on Health and Human Rights and the Strategy on Health Related Law. The first draft was produced by PAHO technical staff and presented at a meeting held in July 2016, with experts and representatives from selected Member States. The final document was extensively revised by PAHO staff after the meeting, following suggestions made by participants.
PAHO states they believe the document is now solid, including references to scientific publications that were published early this year in a supplement of the journal Addiction, and which were initially presented at the first meeting we organized in 2015, on alcohol marketing regulation. The link to download all articles is http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.v112.S1/issuetoc
PAHO hope this technical note will be useful to those interested in alcohol marketing regulation, complementing the first report (available at: http://bit.ly/2p0Q2z8).