Topic: Child Rights

BLOG: Global Alcohol Trends of 2019

What do you learn when you spend a year (almost) curating alcohol policy and science news from around the world on a daily basis?
In her ground-breaking blog post, Tharaka outlines five major trends ranging from culture to science and policy to sustainable development. She explores major highlights of 2019 in policy and scientific developments as well as alcohol industry practices and she sketches out six thought-provoking conclusions for the future…

REPORT: Parental Alcohol Problems May Alter Offspring’s Brain Functioning

Having a parent with an alcohol use disorder affects how the offspring’s brain transitions between active and resting states, according to new research.
The study reveals that the brain reconfigures itself between completing a mentally demanding task and resting. But the research shows that this reconfiguration does not take place in the brain of a person with a family history of an alcohol use disorder.
While the missing transition doesn’t seem to affect how well a person performs the mentally demanding task itself, it might be related to larger scale brain functions that give rise to behaviors associated with addiction. In particular, study subjects without this brain process demonstrated greater impatience in waiting for rewards, a behavior associated with addiction…

NEWS: Sweden: Fewer Parents Think Alcohol Use Around Kids Is Inappropriate

According to the new IQ Alcohol Index in Sweden, fewer parents thin alcohol use around kids is inappropriate. Every year IQ surveys Swedes’ attitude on alcohol. According to the index over the past 10 years attitudes towards alcohol have become more permissive…

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…

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: How to Support Children of Impaired Carers

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management has published a new guideline for paediatricians on how to support children of impaired carers. The guideline provides ethical, professional, and legal obligations of a paediatrician when dealing with a caretaker whose ability is impaired from alcohol or other drug use…

NEWS: New Resource: How Alcohol Affects The SDGs

Movendi International has released an upgraded and revised resource to present state-of-the-art evidence about how alcohol affects sustainable development.
The brand new book(let) illustrates for the first time that alcohol adversely affects 14 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents extensive scientific prove that all dimensions of the 2030 Agenda are impacted by alcohol as obstacle to development…

MEMBER NEWS: Norway: IOGT Movement Report on Alcohol’s Impact on Women, Children

The IOGT movement in Norway is campaigning against the Norwegian Oil Fund’s investment in the alcohol industry and has released a new report detailing how alcohol impacts the rights of children and women in the global south…

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…