Topic: Youth Rights

EVENT: Post-GAPC Event: Vital Role of Youth in the Advocacy for Alcohol Prevention and Control

Adolescents and youth are a powerful catalyst for change within society through being a natural partner for preventing NCDs. The WHO estimates that 70% of premature deaths in adults are the result of behaviors begun during adolescence and youth, such as a significant 13.6% of adolescents partaking in heavy episodic alcohol use. In addition, youth are disproportionately affected by alcohol, especially harm from others’ alcohol use.
Our side-event aims to provide youth with the advocacy tools to address their governments and decision-makers to take urgent action for the prevention of early initiation and onset of alcohol use and wider alcohol harm, such as effective legislative measures regarding alcohol taxation and pricing policies, alcohol advertising, promotions and sponsorships, and alcohol availability as well as other cost-effective interventions that help protect children, adolescents and youth…

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: Ireland: Alcohol Most Widely Used Drug Among Teens

In Ireland alcohol is the most widely used drug among teens, a new government study reports. The study which looked into substance use among 15 to 24 year olds found, over three-quarters (78%) of young Irish people have tried alcohol…

NEWS: Netherlands: Brewers Incentivize Heavy Student Alcohol Use

Brewers in the Netherlands are giving incentives to student’s associations and promoting heavy alcohol use among students.
Major brewers are offering student unions a large number of discounts which depend on how much alcohol they serve within a year. For example the ‘hectolitre bonus’ can be as high as 75% of the wholesale price if consumption is high enough.
A research by RTV Noord found that one fraternity organisation in Groningen received a €45,000 bonus for €60,000 worth of beer, paying €15,000 for a year’s supply…

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…

NEWS: Sweden: Youth Stay Drug-Free Longer

A new report from the Central Association for Alcohol and Drug Information (CAN) has found that youth in Sweden stay drug-free longer. According to the report, over the last 20 years the number of youth who use alcohol, cannabis or other drugs before the age of 14 has dropped significantly…