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Alcohol marketing and young people's drinking: What the evidence base suggests for policy

Citation
Gordon R, Hastings G & Moodie C (2010) Alcohol marketing and young people's drinking: What the evidence base suggests for policy. Journal of Public Affairs, 10 (1-2), pp. 88-101. https://doi.org/10.1002/pa.338

Abstract
As the influence of alcohol marketing on young people remains a highly contested topic we review the recent literature to examine if the debate has moved on. The extant literature shows that while many econometric studies suggest alcohol marketing to have a minimal effect on youth alcohol consumption, more focussed consumer studies, particularly recent research employing sophisticated longitudinal designs, demonstrate clear links between alcohol advertising and drinking behaviour. Encouragingly, some of the more recent research studies assess marketing activity beyond advertising; sponsorship, new media, viral marketing, price promotions, new forms of distribution, product development and increased point of sale activity. The literature presents increasingly compelling evidence that alcohol marketing is directly impacting upon young people’s drinking behaviour. The implications of this on the current policy debate surrounding alcohol marketing activities and regulation in the UK and beyond are discussed. Furthermore a research agenda for alcohol marketing for the future is offered.

Keywords
alcohol; marketing; youth; longitudinal; advertising; sponsorship; new media; product development; point of sale; regulation; Alcoholics Services for Scotland; Alcoholism Scotland

Journal
Journal of Public Affairs: Volume 10, Issue 1-2

StatusPublished
Author(s)Gordon, Ross; Hastings, Gerard; Moodie, Crawford
Publication date28/02/2010
Date accepted by journal01/01/1990
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/2342
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
ISSN1472-3891
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