Report
Alcohol Industry Sponsorship Of University Student Sports Clubs In Brazil

Author
Ilana Pinsky (E-mail: pinskyilana@gmail.com), Ana Regina Noto, Maria Carolina Botéquio de Moraes, Elaine Lucas Dos Santos, Robert Sparks, and Kerry O’Brien
Citation
Alcohol Industry Sponsorship of University Student Sports Clubs in Brazil Ilana Pinsky, Ana Regina Noto, Maria Carolina Botéquio de Moraes, Elaine Lucas Dos Santos, Robert Sparks, and Kerry O’Brien Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 2017 78:2, 306-312
  • Source
    Journal on Studies of Alcohol and Drugs
  • Release date
    21/03/2017

Alcohol Industry Sponsorship of University Student Sports Clubs in Brazil

Objective

The university sport environment represents an important target for alcohol industry marketing.

This study investigated the nature of relationships between the alcohol industry and university student sports clubs (USSCs).

Method

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with board members from 60 active USSCs in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Interviews were transcribed and subjected to content analysis using NVivol0.

Results

All invited USSCs participated in the study. Most (n = 53; 88%) reported having signed contracts with the alcohol industry (breweries, in every case) to have their sports events and parties sponsored. The most common sponsorship arrangement involved the supply of discounted beer for sport and student events. T-shirts, beer freezers, and stereo systems were also frequently provided by the alcohol industry to support alcohol-related sports events.

In addition, the alcohol industry event promoters helped market the events and products. In return, the USSCs agreed to exclusively sell the sponsors’ brand of beer and/or order and sell a quota of beer at their events.

Forty-nine interviewees (81%) reported agreements with alcohol companies whereby open bars (free alcohol events) would also be provided. Despite reporting a range of alcohol harms, participants did not perceive there to be a high risk of harm from the alcohol sponsorship arrangements.

Conclusions

Most USSCs in São Paulo, Brazil, have formalized contracts with the alcohol industry that promote the marketing, sale, and consumption of alcohol at parties and university games. A critical review of the impacts of these practices and university policies on alcohol industry sponsorship that can take account of the role of such arrangements in student alcohol consumption is warranted.

Source Website: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs