Topic: Child Rights

NEWS: Online Gamers Exposed to Avalanche of Alcohol Ads

An avalanche of alcohol ads are directed at online gamers and laws are failing to protect especially the youth from these ads. According to research by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), e-sports are unregulated and directly funnel advertising of unhealthy products such as alcohol to gamers including minors…

NEWS: Heineken UK Exposes Kids to Alcohol Ads

Heineken UK is using influencer marketing to expose minors to alcohol ads. Heineken recently teamed up with social media influencer Tanya Burr to promote a home draught beer pump to her 3 million instagram followers, including minors…

NEWS: Mexico: President Launches Drug Prevention Program

Mexico’s President has launched a drug prevention program to reduce the increasing drug use, specially among minors and youth. Mexican government survey data shows drug use among minors has more than quadrupled since 2002, with more than 1 in 20 Mexicans between the ages of 12-17 saying they have consumed illegal drugs…

REPORT: Life Course Health Consequences and Associated Annual Costs of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Millions of adults across Europe and north America live with a legacy of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Our findings suggest that a 10% reduction in ACE prevalence could equate to annual savings of 3 million disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) or $105 billion. Programmes to prevent ACEs and moderate their effects are available. Rebalancing expenditure towards ensuring safe and nurturing childhoods would be economically beneficial and relieve pressures on health-care systems…

NEWS: Week #33 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, insights into Big Alcohol revelations as well as some outstanding blog posts from IOGT’s Global Voices.
Content for week 33:
Alcohol policy updates come from the Philippines (alcohol taxation), Kenya (burden of addictive substances and behaviors), Myanmar (rising mental health problem), Denmark (rising youth alcohol use) and New Zealand (10 years of government failure in alcohol policy)…
Fresh science updates are about alcohol policy and initmate partner homicides as well as effective components of adolescent mental health programs…
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes beer giants’ turf war in South Africa (and other countries)…
On our Global Voices Blog Portal we have two new stories: Nils writes about the alcohol problem of the Norwegian Oil Fund, and Tunga writes about his contemplations from Egypt and the African Union meeting on drug policy and health…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol, Other Drugs, Gambling Fuel School Drop-Out

The recent County Dialogues Report reveals drugs and gambling as leading causes for children dropping out of school in Kenya.
The report covers a range of causative factors for poor educational performance and kids dropping out of school in Kenya. These factors include alcohol, drug use and gambling…

NEWS: Denmark: Alcohol Use Rising Among Youth

The trend of declining alcohol consumption in Denmark has gone into reverse with consumption rising among youth, according to a recent survey.
According to newest data, not only, four out of five 15-year-olds have already tried consuming alcohol, but one out of ten 11-year-olds and one out of three 13-year-olds have tried it as well.
Another poll by TV2 has found, one out of five people in Denmark think it is okay for young people to consume alcohol before they are 16 years old…

REPORT: Trajectories of Alcohol Use Problems based on Early Adolescent Alcohol Use

This analysis identifies three groups of adolescent alcohol users with differing patterns of use. Emergent binge alcohol users likely require public policy responses to alcohol use whereas increasing heavy alcohol users are potentially able to be identified individually on the basis of patterns of alcohol use and social variables. This group may benefit from psychosocial interventions and are unlikely to respond to a broad public health approach…

NEWS: Ukraine: National Campaign on Alcohol and Pregnancy

Sparked by the high number of women consuming alcohol while pregnant leading to high fetal alcohol syndrome cases, Ukraine has launched a national campaign to address the problem. It is estimated that 25–35% of women in Ukraine consume alcohol during pregnancy. As a result, the country has one of the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome cases (50 cases per 10 000) in the world…

NEWS: Ireland: More than 1,000 Kids Treated for Alcohol Issues

According to the Irish Daily Mail over 1,000 kids across Ireland were treated for alcohol and other drugs related issues in 2018. Out of 1,100 cases, 290 were children under the age of 10 years. Professor Deirdre Murray, Consultant Paediatrician at Cork University Hospital, discusses child and teenage alcohol use on RTE Radio 1…