youth drinking

Youth drinking declines - what have we learned?

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Since the early 2000s, adolescent drinking in Australia and in many high income countries has fallen dramatically. For example, among 14-17 year old Australians, the rate of risky drinking has fallen from 30% in 2001 to 9% in 2019. This seminar summarised a program of work looking to understand these trends, addressing the potential causes of these declines, the implications for adult drinking and harm and next steps for research.

Digital Marketing in the Spotlight

Amsterdam, Netherlands,

The Digital Marketing in the Spotlight conference is organised by EUCAM, EUROCARE and the Amsterdam Centre for Health Communication (ECHC) and will take place on the 19th of September in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The event will open up a conversation about the impact of digital marketing on the drinking behaviour of young people and ways it can be regulated.

Youth Perspective on Parental Approaches to Substance Use

Slemon, Allie, Emily K. Jenkins, Rebecca J. Haines-Saah, Zachary Daly, and Sunny Jiao. "“You can’t chain a dog to a porch”: a multisite qualitative analysis of youth narratives of parental approaches to substance use." Harm reduction journal 16, no. 1 (2019): 26.
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Reducing the harms of youth substance use is a global priority. Parents have the potential to play a key role in these efforts. However, it is felt that parents are often unsure about how to address substance use with their children. Parent responses to youth substance use are often grounded in abstinence and critiqued as ineffective and unresponsive to youth contexts.

The Increased Trend of Non-drinking Alcohol Among Adolescents: What Role Do Internet Activities Have?

Larm, Peter, Jonas Raninen, Cecilia Åslund, Johan Svensson, and Kent W. Nilsson. "The increased trend of non-drinking alcohol among adolescents: what role do internet activities have?." European journal of public health 29, no. 1 (2018): 27-32.
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Youth alcohol consumption is declining across many European counties, often alongside similar decreasing trends in drug use and smoking. One of the explanations as to why we are seeing these patterns is that adolescents do not drink alcohol because they spend more time indoors on the internet.

Alcohol Advertising Linked to Youth Drinking

Health researchers worldwide have provided new evidence suggesting that alcohol advertising is often aggressive, reaching children, and is linked with youth drinking. The Australian organisation, the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, argues these findings prove that self-regulation by the alcohol industry has failed. Michael More, the alliance co-chair, comments “the takeaway from this research is that marketing of alcohol is out of control” and that a sensible new approach “would start with excluding marketing