Topic: Alcohol Norm

NEWS: Media’s Sober Curiosity in 2020

With the dawn of the new decade, sober curiosity in the media and wider society has reached new heights. Ranging from Dry January stories, or covering the sober curious movement to inspiring stories about people who went alcohol-free and/ or overcame their alcohol use problems, the topic of the alcohol-free way of life has been in focus. While this public discourse across much of the Western world is very positive, there are also reasons for scepticism and concern…

NEWS: Big Focus on Alcohol-Free Lifestyle to Start 2020

From Dry January, to the growing sober curious movement and increasing demand for alcohol-free choice, there is increasingly big attention on the alcohol-free way of life in the beginning of 2020.
Dry January began in the United Kingdom many years ago with just 4000 people, but now it’s gaining traction around the world. But the increasing attention to and interest in the alcohol-free way of life and its benefits extends beyond Dry January…

NEWS: USA: Alcohol Deaths (in Women) Rise Sharply

Alcohol deaths rise sharply in the United States, specifically among women.
Factors that play into this development are deregulation of alcohol by the federal government, the systematic effort of the alcohol industry to recruit more women as consumers and demographic development with alcohol-related illnesses presenting more in aging baby boomers who have consumed more alcohol in their lifetime…

NEWS: Sydney, Australia: Lockout Laws Weakened

Sydney’s lockout laws will be removed in CBD from January 14, 2020. The changes will affect all venues in Sydney’s CBD including Oxford Street but the laws will remain in place in Kings Cross.
The lockout laws – which came into effect in 2014 – included measures such as 1:30 AM last entry and 3:00 AM last serving of alcohol. Both have been scrapped for Sydney’s CBD.
The NSW government has watered down the laws, by taking out the last entry measure and extending last serving to 3:30 AM. To further weaken alcohol policy measures, liquor shop hours have been increased from 11:00 PM to midnight…

NEWS: Scotland: Alcohol-Free Lifestyle Increasingly Common

In Scotland alcohol-free lifestyle in becoming increasingly common with most Scots going sober for Christmas and for good. A recent report found that one in three workers wished for an alcohol-free Christmas. Tesco’s annual Christmas report also found that over half the hosts will be serving low to no alcohol beverages this Christmas…

NEWS: Hungary: 1/3 of High-Schoolers Consume Alcohol

A new survey has found at least one third of high-schoolers in Hungary consume alcohol.
The online survey conducted by the Szétcsúszva program shows alarming data on alcohol use among children and adolescents. The survey found, at least a fourth of youth between 14 to 18 years consume alcohol weekly, 80% of 15-year-olds have tried alcohol…

NEWS: Scandinavia: People Consider Alcohol Unimportant

People in Scandinavia are considering alcohol unimportant in their lives. People in Scandinavia consider alcohol unimportant in their lives. Two stories from Sweden and Norway show that fewer and fewer people have preferences for alcohol, but still the alcohol norm persists…

REPORT: Children’s Awareness About Normative Situations for Adults to Consume Alcohol

Children aged 4–8 become increasingly knowledgeable about alcohol norms in specific situations which implies that they know in what kind of situation alcohol consumption is a common human behavior. This knowledge may put them at risk for early alcohol initiation and frequent alcohol use later in life…

NEWS: France: The Difficult Case of Dry January

In France the case of dry January has been difficult from since the day it was proposed and even before plans were set. The French National Association of Prevention of Alcoholism and Addictions has been pushing for a “Dry January” campaign in France following the one in UK which has helped 4 million people reduce alcohol use…