Topic: Child Rights

NEWS: Thailand Plans to Ban Alcohol Online Sales

Thailand plans to ban online sale of alcohol after reports of increased underage alcohol use during COVID-19. The country has a comprehensive alcohol policy system which regulates alcohol sale hours and store density, bans alcohol sale in certain areas near schools and parks and implements a legal age for alcohol use of 20 years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, after aggressive lobbying by the alcohol industry, certain alcohol stores started online delivery of alcohol. This has made it difficult to enforce the existing alcohol laws such as the legal age limit…

NEWS: South Africa: Alcohol Sales Ban Success Shows Potential of Policy Action

The success of the recent alcohol sales ban in South Africa as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 shows the potential of policy action in preventing and reducing alcohol harm in the country. Now evidence and momentum seem to be gathering in support of more urgent, comprehensive action to tackle the South African alcohol burden…

NEWS: Australia: Regulator Revises Alcohol Pregnancy Warning

The Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has revised the wording on the proposed pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, but rejected alcohol industry claims that the label change is too costly. Since the FSANZ proposed the pregnancy warning label for alcohol packaging, Big Alcohol has been fighting against implementing it…

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NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Marketing Self-Regulation Fails to Protect Youth

A new trend revealed that many ads are using humor to market alcohol to women and other vulnerable groups. ‘Get them laughing to get them drinking [alcohol]’ seems to be the motto of the alcohol industry according to an analysis of alcohol ads displayed across a range of media types in Australia. New scientific studies show that alcohol marketing self-regulation by the alcohol industry fails to protect Australian minors from alcohol promotions…

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NEWS: Australia: Alcohol Ads Avalanche Expected As Sports Re-start

Health experts in Australia predict an avalanche of alcohol ads as sports re-start. In Australia, alcohol advertising in sports is a major issue specifically considering alcohol advertising is self-regulated by the alcohol industry. A new report finds through research evidence across the past three decades that greater exposure to alcohol advertising and sponsorship leads to earlier alcohol initiation, and more heavy alcohol use. There is an urgent need to better protect Australian children and youth from alcohol promotions…

NEWS: California, USA: On-Demand Alcohol Delivery Apps Harm Youth

The government fo California says on-demand delivery apps are driving a surge in alcohol deliveries to minors during COVID-19.
A new investigation by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) department of the state of California found that on-demand alcohol delivery apps harm youth by delivering alcohol to minors. The problem appears to be growing and is a serious concern due to the dangers associated with under-age alcohol consumption…

NEWS: Germany: Domestic Violence Is Rising During Quarantine

Quarantine measures were implemented in Germany to curb the spread of COVID-19. New data show that domestic violence may have risen during quarantine. Quarantine or isolation inside homes helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but it also traps victims of domestic violence with their abusers in a confined space…

NEWS: COVID-19 Australia: Alcohol’s Role in Family Violence Revealed

A new study has found has revealed alcohol plays a role in family violence in Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key results from the survey indicate nearly half (47%) of the respondents reported an increase in their case load since COVID-19 restrictions began…

REPORT: Improving Adolescent Health Through Translating Evidence Into Policy

Data from the HBSC study provide vital evidence to guide and monitor the effectiveness of health policies and programs overtime. As young people transition from childhood to adulthood, it is essential to foster their full potential and make their lives visible through policies and actions that are developmentally appropriate, evidence informed, rights based, and sustainable…

NEWS: Ireland: Calls to Regulate Alcohol Online Retail

Public health experts in Ireland are calling on the Justice Minister to regulate online alcohol retail. A study carried out by Red C in May found that one in three Irish adults are consuming more alcohol since the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions in Ireland. In the study, 80% of respondents reported that they believe online alcohol sales should have the same regulations as a pub…