- What next for reducing alcohol harm in Scotland?
- Scotland must do more to turn tide of alcohol harm
- Concern as funding for alcohol services cut
- Budget: No change in alcohol duty
- Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing
- Consumers have the right to know health risks
- Chancellor urged to tackle cheap, strong cider in Budget
- Online help for families affected by alcohol
- Alcohol-free childhood is healthiest option
- SWA granted leave to appeal minimum pricing
- Drink drive warning
- Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
- Scottish Government receives European alcohol award
- SWA will appeal to UK Supreme Court
- Half of alcohol being sold under 50p per unit
- SWA urged to respect minimum pricing decision
- Alcohol and mental health are closely linked
- Minimum pricing can be implemented in Scotland
- Alcohol sold at pocket money prices
- Scotland has so much to gain from reducing how much we drink
- AFS welcomes revised alcohol consumption guidelines
- Emergency services face shocking levels of alcohol abuse
- Every child has the right to grow up safe from alcohol harm
- Public health must prevail over big business
- New toolkit to help children affected by family alcohol problems
- Price check reveals cheap cost of strong alcohol
- Sales increase underlines need for minimum pricing
- Time to kick alcohol out of sport
- Alcohol linked with stomach cancer
- AFS calls for compulsory health warnings on alcoholic drinks
- Are supermarkets 'responsible retailers' when it comes to alcohol?
- Scottish health charities call for excise duty rise to tackle cheap alcohol
- Alcohol campaigners unite to call for stronger protection from alcohol advertising to children
- New resource for people concerned about alcohol in their community
- Minimum pricing decision delayed until summer
- No completely 'safe' level of drinking
- New alcohol guidelines published
- Minimum pricing - European court ruling
- Alcohol fuels ambulance assaults
- 82% of Scots agree drink driving is unacceptable
- Scotland's alcohol strategy - what next?
- Scotland leads way in evidence-based alcohol policy
- New report reveals impact of alcohol on emergency services
- AFS appoints new chief executive
- Alcohol: a global concern
- Campaigners gather in Edinburgh for global alcohol conference
- Alcohol and pregnancy don't mix
- European Court minimum pricing opinion
- Call for minimum pricing as alcohol deaths rise
- How much are we really drinking?
- Majority of Brits harmed by other people's drinking
- Interactive map of alcohol and tobacco outlets
- Help consumers make an informed choice about alcohol
- Alcohol debate must continue
- Alcohol sponsorship in Formula 1: a dangerous cocktail
- Minimum pricing case to be heard in Europe
Scottish Greens call for action on alcohol marketing
The Scottish Greens have added their support to Alcohol Focus Scotland's campaign to end alcohol marketing in childhood.
The #alcoholfreekids campaign is also endorsed by children's charities, health groups, NHS boards, local Alcohol and Drug Partnerships, and more than 30 MSPs. Read more
Alcohol advertising is ever-present in the lives of our children and young people, whether they are waiting for the school bus, using social media, at the cinema or watching sport. There is clear evidence that exposure to alcohol marketing leads children to start drinking at an earlier age and to drink more.
As well as action on alcohol marketing, the Greens have also strengthened their party policy on reducing alcohol harm, including actions to reduce the affordability and availability of alcohol.
Alison Douglas, Chief Executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said:
"We are delighted that the Scottish Greens have added their support to this important campaign. Alcohol companies are bombarding us with positive messages about alcohol. And it's working - children as young as 10 years old are more familiar with beer brands than leading ice cream and biscuit brands. The Scottish Government need to take action now. A good start would be to ban alcohol advertising in public spaces and to phase out alcohol sponsorship in sport. Our children deserve to grow up free from commercial pressures to drink alcohol."
Alison Johnstone MSP, the Scottish Greens’ health spokesperson, said:
“Action to tackle alcohol consumption is thankfully high up the political agenda in Scotland. However, we need to complement existing strategies with a greater focus on preventing alcohol from being marketed to children. It’s all too easy for children to be influenced by the adverts they see on television and at sports events, an industry that’s seen several sponsorship deals with alcohol companies in recent years. Tackling Scotland’s alcohol problems must include a prevention strategy that starts with the youngest members in society.”