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Fewer Alcohol Ads in Kids' Magazines, Study Finds
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FRIDAY, Aug. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans' exposure to alcohol ads in magazines declined 48% between 2001 and 2008, according to a new study.
The analysis of magazine ads found that 325 alcohol brands advertised in magazines in 2008, but just 16 brands accounted for half the ads placed in publications more likely to be seen by youths than adults.
The findings suggest that alcohol makers have largely met the industry's voluntary standard (adopted in 2003) of not placing ads in magazines with 30% or more youth readership, said the researchers at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
However, magazines are still a major source of exposure to these ads. In 2008, they noted, 78% of youth exposure to alcohol ads in magazines occurred in publications more likely to be read by people ages 12 to 20 than by those ages 21 and older.
"It continues to make no sense to advertise more heavily to those who cannot purchase alcohol than to those who can," CAMY Director David H. Jernigan said in a Hopkins news release. "Yet a relatively small number of brands are still doing this, despite industry efforts to tighten the standard in order to reduce youth exposure."
Among the other findings:
"Beer advertisers appear to be filling the gap left by distillers in youth-oriented magazines. If the entire industry is serious about underage drinking, it should adopt stricter standards to protect against youth exposure to its advertising," Jernigan said in the release.
-- Robert Preidt
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SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Aug. 10, 2010, news release.
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