There is widespread concern reported in the media and other sources about drinking trends among young people, particularly “binge” drinking. Although important to public policy, there have been no rigorous evidence syntheses of the longer term effects of excessive drinking in adolescence on later health and well-being.
Providing web-based feedback and social norms information to reduce student alcohol intake: A multisite investigation of Unitcheck
Unhealthy alcohol use amongst university students is a major public health concern. Heavy alcohol intake among the student population has implications for the individual, educational institutions, and wider society. Across the world it has been reported that university students’ levels of alcohol consumption are higher than that of their non-university peers.
Maternal alcohol consumption in pregnancy has been found to adversely affect a number of neurodevelopmental outcomes, such as cognitive ability, behaviour, mental health and neuromotor development. However, there have been few studies of the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure on childhood balance ability.
The misuse of alcohol is of major national and international public health concern and can bring significant harm and burden to family members, resulting in increased use of health and social care services and a drain on their resources.
Previous research has identified different patterns of alcohol consumption in the British population. It is proposed that significant differences in alcohol consumption, related problems, and dependence will be accounted for by stressful life events.
This report presents the findings of a twelve month study conducted by the Applied Criminology Centre, University of Huddersfield. A pilot project sought to generate intelligence for managing areas with licensed premises by building an evidence base on alcohol supply points (ASPs).
Previous evidence on the relationship between sport participation and alcohol consumption among students is ambiguous, with some studies reporting that students who take part in university sport drink less than their peers and other studies that they drink more. There has been a suggestion that involvement in sport can be a protection against hazardous drinking among students, but further information is required before this can be fully endorsed.
Levels of alcohol consumption and alcohol related problems in young people in the Western world continue to cause concern (World Health Organisation, 2010). Research indicates a pattern of ‘binge drinking’ or ‘drinking to get drunk’ and a greater risk of problematic drinking in young, especially single, adults generally.
Alcohol related social norm perceptions in university students: a review of effective interventions for change
There is growing recognition that students’ alcohol consumption is impacting on many aspects of university life, such as health, attrition rates and academic achievement. In the U.K, around 50% of young people now attend university and thus become exposed to this high alcohol consuming culture. Recent trends suggest that excessive drinking patterns that begin during student years are now continuing throughout adulthood.
“They’ll Drink Bucket Loads of the Stuff” An Analysis of Internal Alcohol Industry Advertising Documents
As part of its 2009 investigation into the conduct of the UK alcohol industry, the House of Commons Health Select Committee obtained access to internal marketing documents from both producers and their advertising agencies.These reveal major shortcomings in the current self regulatory codes covering alcohol advertising. Specifically, the codes do not, as they are supposed to, protect young people from alcohol advertising; prevent the promotion of drunkenness and excess; or the linking of alcohol with social and sexual success. Nor do they even attempt to address sponsorship, and the documents show this is being systematically used to undermine rules prohibiting the linking of alcohol with youth culture and sporting prowess. Finally, the codes are extremely weak in their treatment of new media which are rapidly become the biggest channel for alcohol promotion.