Topic: Youth Rights

BLOG: Big Alcohol Wants Youth To Avoid Hangover: A New Strategy Of Pushing Alcohol Culture On Youth

Young people are consuming less alcohol and choosing an alcohol-free lifestyle more. So why is Big Alcohol shifting the focus on “hangovers”?
This blog post dissects a new campaign of multinational alcohol giant Diageo together with MTV International supposedly about promoting “responsible” alcohol use and avoiding “hangovers”.
But the campaign actually contains a number of elements and tactics that undermine prevention and understanding of the real effects of alcohol…

NEWS: Eastern Europe, Central Asia: WHO Urges to Limit Digital Marketing of Unhealthy Products

In a press conference, WHO urged countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children. The Russian version of the report “Monitoring and restricting the digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents” was launched on 27 May 2019…

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

NEWS: USA: More Millennials Dying of ‘Deaths of Despair’

Over the past decade, young adults from the millennial generation were more likely to die from alcohol, other drugs and suicide or “deaths of despair”. The analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data found the increases for these three “deaths of despair” combined  were higher for millennials than for Baby Boomers and senior citizens…

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…

NEWS: New Zealand: Big Alcohol Fails in Schools

Big Alcohol has admitted their programme “Smashed” aimed at alcohol prevention for school kids has not yielded results. The theatre programme “Smashed” has been used in about 30 countries and is currently being piloted in Auckland schools. The plan is to roll it out across the country…

NEWS: Japan: Sports Sponsorship Fuels Beer Consumption

Beer consumption in Japan is projected to rise by about 70% between September and November. The reason is Japan hosting the Rugby World Cup for which global beer giant Heineken is an official sponsor.
The Dutch multinational beer giant Heineken owns the sponsorship rights to the Rugby World Cup, which is to be held in cities across Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019.
Heineken, the second largest beer producer worldwide, expects demand for beer to surge because of the many rugby fans who are due to visit from overseas to watch the tournament. Preparing for this, the brewery plans to increase production by 80% for September compared to the same time last year…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Targets Millennials With “Wellness” Products, Youth-Specific Marketing

Millennials spend less money on alcohol than previous generations, according to an alaysis of the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey.
Millennials are showing trends of reducing or altogether stopping alcohol use. This is specifically true of beer. The trend is in line with millennials switching to a more healthy lifestyle overall. But the alcohol industry is gearing up to capitalize even on this trend – with “new” products and more youth-focused alcohol marketing…

NEWS: Israel: Youth at High Risk of Alcohol, Other Drugs, Violence

A new analysis shows 30% of youngsters in Israel are having problems involving alcohol, other drugs, sexual abuse or violence at home…

REPORT: Neurobiological Consequences of Adolescent Cannabis Use

About one in five Canadian adolescents (19% of Canadians aged 15-19) uses cannabis. Its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Adolescence is associated with the maturation of cognitive functions, such as working memory, decision-making, impulsivity control and motivation, and the research presented suggests cannabis could have long-lasting effects on these…