Tagged: Adolescent Health

NEWS: Ireland: Minister Chastises Big Alcohol in Schools

The Irish Minister of Health chastised Big Alcohol for conducting awareness programmes in Irish schools. The alcohol industry has funded school alcohol awareness programmes mainly through Drinkaware.ie – Big Alcohol’s lobby front group in Ireland. This is a clear conflict of interest as their products and practices are the cause for alcohol harm to be creating awareness about among school students…

NEWS: Scotland: Alcohol Use Rising in Teens

The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (Salsus) for 2018 surveyed About 21,000 second-year and fourth-year pupils from 325 secondary schools. The survey has found that 13 and 15-year-olds who said they had ever had alcohol, been drunk, or drank alcohol in the previous week which was in decline till 2004 has increased again…

NEWS: Canada: Early Alcohol Onset Predicts Later Harm

A new study in Canada found early alcohol onset predicts harm in later life. Four scholars at the University of Waterloo surveyed more than 19,000 high school students in Ontario and Alberta over two academic years starting in 2013. They tracked the teens’ self-reported alcohol use and smoking habits…

NEWS: Australia: Online Alcohol Retail Puts Kids in Harm’s Way

Online alcohol retail and delivery is putting kids in harm’s way in Australia as found by an Australian-first study. The study found, More than one-third of respondents aged 25 years and under (36%) didn’t have their ID checked when receiving their alcohol order…

NEWS: Big Alcohol Ads Expenditure Fuels Underage Alcohol Use

New research has found Big Alcohol ads expenditure links to and fuels underage alcohol use.
Gentile and colleagues found in their recent study that overall levels of alcohol industry advertising expenditure were strong predictions of adolescents’ beer brand awareness, preferences, use, and brand loyalty.
For example, 99% of middle school and high school students surveyed for the study had heard of Budweiser and Bud Light — the top spender on advertising — and 44% said they had used the brand…

REPORT: Universal Health Coverage and the Forgotten Generation

The editorial focuses on the overlooking of adolescents when it comes to Universal Health Coverage, stating that the political declaration on the UN General Assembly on September 23rd overlooked this generation. The three core indicators of universal health care(coverage, quality, and avoidance of poverty due to expenditure) are rarely achieved in adolescent health…

NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Delivery Apps Fuel Harm

As alcohol delivery services spread across Australia, public health community fears an increase in alcohol harm. Health experts are concerned about the spread of alcohol delivery and it means for on demand alcohol. Some of the biggest problems with alcohol delivery is that it is hard to monitor and enforce. Intoxicated people or minors can be delivered alcohol…

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…

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: Alcohol Education Critical Part of Effective Mental Health Program

Alcohol and other drug education emerges as one of three key components in an effective adolescent mental health program. Results from a meta-analysis published in Pediatrics demonstrated the efficacy of universally delivered interventions in improving adolescent mental health and reducing risk behavior…