Digital media platforms like Facebook and Instagram play a significant role in the marketing of alcohol, connecting producers and consumers in novel ways. Alcohol marketers have proven to be innovative experimenters with the participatory and data processing power of these platforms. A study (a) scoped how digital advertising and media are typically understood and operationalized in the public health literature and (b) developed a conceptual framework for investigating alcohol marketing on platforms by identifying new and specific platform affordances that should inform further research in this area.

The article identifies five key challenges alcohol marketing on digital platforms poses to regulatory and self-regulatory frameworks, which so far have not been sufficiently considered in the public health literature and suggests that in addition to assessing the content, volume, and placement of alcohol advertising, research and regulatory responses need to address alcohol marketing on digital platforms as a dynamic, participatory, and data-driven process.

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