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The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry and their effects on American youth
Also possibly of interest, the Center held a webcast in December on “Virginia Slims in a Bottle: Girls, Women and Alcohol Marketing” which can now be viewed on YouTube. Speakers included Ann Dowsett Johnston, author of Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Woman and Alcohol (see post here about her series in the Toronto Star in 2011 on women and alcohol).
For more on alcohol marketing targeted at girls and women, see earlier posts:
- “Drunkorexia” and Weight-conscious Alcohol Marketing (April 2, 2013)
- Women are buying more alcohol than they used to (January 25, 2012)
- Alcohol Marketing in the 21st Century (October 31, 2011)
The Girls Action Foundation provides spaces for girls to speak out, build skills, and create action on issues that are important and real to them. Their national programs address violence prevention, health promotion, media literacy and leadership.
In the past year, the Girls Action Foundation collaborated with researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health to develop a series of information sheets to support the work of facilitators of girls’ empowerment groups. These resources are:
- Girls, Smoking and Stress
- Girls, Alcohol and Depression
- Girls, Physical Activity and Culture (In collaboration with the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)
The “Girls, Alcohol and Depression” resource is 12 pages long and discusses the links between depression and alcohol consumption. It also includes sample activities to generate discussion with girls around these issues. The resources are available in English and French.