Research by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University suggests that the use of social media by teenagers increases their substance abuse. The report, based on findings from the National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse also concluded that on a typical day, more than half of the teens using Read More →

This week representatives from the 53 WHO European Region Member States adopted the WHO’s European Action Plan to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. However, it seems that commercial interests have precedence over health protection, as the final version of the plan has become considerably more industry-friendly, compared to earlier drafts. The most notable change Read More →

This week spirits producer Diageo (Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Baileys and Guinness amongst other brands) announced a multimillion-dollar deal with social network website Facebook. Diageo is confident this will boost their sales but health experts warn that the impact of this deal will be mainly felt in teenage drinking.  In their press release, Diageo states that Read More →

Alcohol Justice, the American alcohol industry watchdog, has recently drawn attention to the strong ties between American colleges and universities and alcohol producers. The latest example of this being the 10 million dollar sponsorship deal that beer brewer MillerCoors has signed with 23 nationally recognized universities including Arizona State, California, Clemson, Colorado, Penn State, and Read More →