Topic: Child Rights

NEWS: Bolivia: Alcohol Fuels Violence Against Women

Since January there has been 73 female homicides or “femicides” in Bolivia, this is the highest toll for this period in 6 years. This statistic is on top of the fact that Bolivia already has the highest femicide rate in South America. Alcohol is involved in 90% of reported cases of family violence…

NEWS: Netflix to Reduce On-Screen Smoking

Netflix has pledged to reduce the number of occasions where actors use tobacco products in its original programmes. This was after a study suggested that smoking on the streaming service’s programmes had contributed to a rise in on-screen smoking more widely…

NEWS: Australia: 21 Big Alcohol Self-Regulation Failures

The Alcohol Beverage Advertising Code (ABAC) in Australia is the self regulating measure by the alcohol and advertising industries. The code marked its 21st year in action on 4th of July 2019. Writer Hannah Pierce compiles a list of 21 times the ABAC has failed to regulate alcohol ads and been exposed…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol’s Harm to Others Affects Millions

A new study reports, in America, the harms of alcohol impact 1 in 5 adults other than the alcohol user. The study found that in 2015, an estimated 53 million adults – or nearly 1 in 5 – said they had experienced at least one harm attributable to someone else’s alcohol use in the past year. That harm ranged from property damage to physical injury…

NEWS: Kenya: Alcohol Threatens Big 4 Flagship Initiative

National Authority for Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) warns alcohol is one of the biggest threats to achieving President Uhuru Kenyatta’s big four agenda. The agenda aims at advancing sustainable development in Kenya through bold action across four priority area: manufacturing, universal healthcare coverage, affordable housing and food security…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Better Support Needed to Speed Up Decline in Youth Alcohol Use

A new report by WHO Europe calls for better monitoring and support for implementing evidence-based policies to accelerate progress on reducing youth and binge alcohol use in the WHO European Region…

NEWS: New WHO Handbook: School-Based Violence Prevention

A new resource by WHO called “School-based violence prevention: a practical handbook”, recognizes the potential of schools as an important setting for facilitating violence prevention efforts. Each year up to 1 billion children experience some form of physical, sexual or psychological violence or neglect…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Socially Most Harmful Drug

Alcohol causes the most overall harm to Australian society, surpassing crystal methamphetamine (ice) and heroin, drugs that usually receive more attention, according to a new national study. The Australia-first study, funded by St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, examined 22 drugs and measured the risk to an individual and the damage to society as a whole…

REPORT: Analysis of Tobacco and Alcohol Audio-Visual Content: UK

The study coded 5219 intervals from 112 episodes. Tobacco content appeared in 110 (2%) intervals in 20 (18%) episodes, and alcohol in 2212 (42%) intervals and in all episodes. The programmes delivered approximately 214 million tobacco gross impressions to the UK population, including 47.37 million to children; and for alcohol, 4.9 billion and 580 million respectively.
Tobacco, and especially alcohol, content is common in reality TV. The popularity of these programmes with young people, and consequent exposure to tobacco and alcohol imagery, represents a potentially major driver of smoking and alcohol consumption…

NEWS: UK: Parents Want Alcohol Ads Restrictions

The majority of parents want alcohol advertising restrictions, according to a new survey in the UK.
Some 71% of parents want alcohol ads restricted on television.
And 71% also want restrictions of alcohol ads on social media and the internet, the YouGov poll for the Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA) shows.
More than half of parents (52%) think alcohol ads should not be seen by children under 18 at all.
67% of parents think alcohol advertising ‘normalises’ alcohol consumption for most people…