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Gandin, Claudia and Scafato, Emanuele . (2019) Overview of national policies and practice in six Member States related to alcohol, young people, marketing and sport. Deliverable D5.1 - Report summarizing findings from a review of laws and regulations and an ad hoc survey. Rome: FYFA Work Package WP5 Working Team. 263 p.

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WP5 will review policies in Belgium, Finland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the UK relating to young people, alcohol and sport. WP5 will survey national-level stakeholders and deliver a report on the findings.

This report will present the findings from the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of experts from sport settings across the countries, and from the health prevention area on alcohol consumption and alcohol related harms and sports and youth. This also provides insights on the perceived obstacles to promote strategies aimed at reducing alcohol related harm with a special focus on youth drinking. This has been useful in providing a description of laws and regulations and attitudes for managing alcohol-related harms to young people in sports setting. Furthermore, it has helped to identify areas that require development. It also highlights examples of good practice and, at the country level between different stakeholders particularly on prevention of alcohol related harms within sporting settings.

The main results from FYFA WP5 activities are the following:
• The prevention of alcohol-related harm to youth is an important matter within sport settings.
• Preventing alcohol related harm to youth should be a priority of national sporting bodies. • Sport settings could be appropriate places to promote healthy lifestyles (including alcohol to youth) for all FYFA countries.
• The 4 most influential target audiences in sports settings for initiatives to be activated to prevent alcohol harms to youth are players, coaches/training staff, spectators/fans and bar staff.
• The sporting setting itself has added value to promote healthy lifestyles, including activities to prevent alcohol-related harms to the most vulnerable population target: young people.
• Despite the presence of laws and regulations to protect young people from alcohol harms, there is an overall low level of knowledge and enforcement, at national level and in sports settings.
• There is the need of cooperation across organisations to implement alcohol policies for youth.
• With reference to sports settings, more efforts and resources are needed to overcome the main obstacles for effective implementation of alcohol policy, that are the lack of:
o regulations on alcohol advertising and sponsorship linked to youth and sports in the sporting bodies
o bar staff training on responsible serving of alcohol
o alcohol consumption policies for young players within sport
o knowledge on alcohol related-harms and on laws and regulations on alcohol and young people including sports professionals
o monitoring controls of sporting bodies by the government


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:July 2019
Pages:263 p.
Publisher:FYFA Work Package WP5 Working Team
Place of Publication:Rome
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention by sponsor or setting > Sports based prevention
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws > Alcohol (liquor licensing) laws
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Financial management > Sponsorship
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Marketing and public relations (advertising)
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Slovenia
VA Geographic area > Europe > Italy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Finland
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
VA Geographic area > Europe > Belgium
VA Geographic area > Europe > Poland

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