Trend data indicates that underage drinking is decreasing in most areas where trends are being measured. However, it has increased in some places including Argentina, Thailand, and Mexico.
IARD members include Anheuser-Busch InBev, Asahi Group Holdings, Bacardi, Beam Suntory, Brown-Forman Corporation, Carlsberg, Diageo, Heineken, Kirin Holdings Company, Molson Coors, Pernod Ricard and William Grant and Sons.
Alliance members oppose any consumption of alcohol by minors. They invite retailers to work with them to do more to prevent sales to minors. And, they urge parents not to share alcohol with their children as they call on all parts of society to come together to eliminate underage drinking.
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Add Symbols or Age Restrictions on All Labels
Working together the Alliance has agreed that symbols or written age restrictions will be added to labels on alcohol drinks produced by its members, sending an even clearer message that these products are not for minors.
The initiative, which also applies to alcohol-free extensions of alcohol brands, is one of five clear and direct actions announced by IARD as part of a new drive to accelerate efforts to reduce underage drinking globally.
IARD’s 5 Actions to Help Reduce Underage Drinking
These steps are an initial response to the challenges made to the beer, wine and spirits sector in the 2018 United Nations Political Declaration on non-communicable diseases. The Alliance wants to raise standards across the sector and continue to use regular and productive dialogue with the World Health Organization to better understand what more can be done to further reduce the harmful use of alcohol.
Alcohol Online Exposure and Sales
Recognizing the growing importance of digital communications, IARD members commit to taking further action to prevent minors from seeing or interacting with their brands online – building on a unique partnership with leading digital platforms announced last year.
“These five actions mark another step towards our goal of eliminating underage drinking,” said IARD CEO Chair and President and CEO of Beam Suntory Albert Baladi. “Minors should not drink alcohol, and we proactively support strict enforcement of legal purchase and drinking age regulation.
“Although underage drinking has fallen in many parts of the world, this trend is not universal. We want to accelerate progress and work with others to eliminate underage drinking in every community through a whole-of-society approach. We call on other producers to join us. We call on retailers to work with us to do more to prevent minors from buying alcohol in stores and online. And we call on parents and other adults to support us by not buying alcohol for, or sharing alcohol with, children and minors, even if they do this with good intentions.”
“Together, we must ensure everyone reinforces the message that underage drinking is socially unacceptable.”
IARD members also invited online retailers and others to work with them to develop global standards for the online sale and delivery of alcohol.
- Advertising Regulations: Government regulation that specifies how and where certain products can be marketed. For example, alcohol advertising should not be directed at, or appeal to, an underage audience.
- Legal Purchase Age (LPA): Government regulation that forbids the sale, service, and supply of alcohol to underage people.
- Underage Drinking: When children, or young people under the LPA, obtain and consume alcohol.
- Young People: Consistent with the United Nations definition, people under the age of 25.
- Whole-of-Society Approach: All stakeholders from all parts of society contributing and working together to achieve a shared goal, as outlined by the United Nations in its 2012 Political Declaration on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases . For example, these stakeholders could include communities, academia, the media, governments, intergovernmental organizations, and the private sector.
Source: Trends Report – Underage Drinking
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