Online-Kommentar zu: Culture Shapes Young People's Drinking Habits, in Medical News Today, 27.9.08

When ICAP, the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), sponsors a research report, it is necessary to look twice at "results". It is the institute of the international alcohol industry.
I find it interesting that Spain should be a good example for youth. Switzerland just was "pleased" to get the Spanish way of organized binge drinking imported, which means thousands of young people are invited by an alert on internet pages to a certain place for a drinking night. In Spain many towns get in competition, which one has the bigger botellón. Nobody is responsible, the towns can serve for first aid and the tons of rubbish. This is not much different from binge drinking in the U.K. or in Scandinavia.
I wonder where the study got the material from. They must have left out all the botellón towns.
An other point is the average per head consumption. It is clear, the alcohol industry would like to spread out the consumption more regularly to get a high per head consumption in Scandinavia where it is much lower than in the countries in the south.
One possibility to change drinking culture is to stop alcohol advertising, because it is an important factor in the alcoholic environmental pollution. It makes all prevention to youth unbelievable, worthless. France has Loi Evin, compared with other countries a very good example of legislation against alcohol marketing. I am sure, the ICAP would not agree to propagate this law for other countries.

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