Alcohol truth: a counter marketing intervention to address adolescent alcohol consumption

Sandra C. Jones, Kelly Andrews, Ross Gordon

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Media literacy is a key skill that young people need to develop in order to be able to critically engage with media and the increasing barrage of marketing messages. Research on smoking prevention programs has suggested that higher rates of media literacy are associated with reduced rates of smoking among adolescents, and there have been a number of effective ‘counter marketing’ interventions developed and delivered, primarily in the United States (US), to increase young people’s media literacy and raise their awareness of the manipulative nature of the tobacco industry. However, there have been few counter marketing/media literacy interventions developed to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to critically engage with alcohol advertising and marketing. The aim of this school-based intervention was to build the skills, knowledge and understanding of young people to view and analyse alcohol-related media, advertising and other communications such that they are able to think critically about alcohol messages in a way that empowers them to re-think their choices and behaviours regarding the consumption of alcohol.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDeakin West, ACT
PublisherFoundation for Alcohol Research and Education
ISBN (Print)9780994491718
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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