Partnerships to reduce underage drinking

Working together to deliver change: How a whole-of-society approach can help reduce underage drinking. 

IARD and its members have long been involved in many innovative partnerships to help reduce underage drinking. This report brings together data on trends in underage drinking and showcases partnerships between IARD members, the public sector, and communities.  

Henry Ashworth, CEO of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, said: “Children and minors should not drink alcohol, or have access to it. And, although it is positive to see downward trends in many countries, there is still much work to be done. It is critical that, across the world, we continue to build on these positive, downward trends and ensure everyone recognizes the harms linked to underage drinking. 

“Government regulations, such as legal drinking ages, are the cornerstone for reducing underage drinking. But, effective partnerships between industry, the public sector, and civil society are crucial to promoting awareness of the risks and continuing the progress that’s already underway. Together, we can ensure that the positive decline in underage drinking seen in many areas continues to spread, creating long-lasting changes in our societies across the world.” 

More needs to be done to keep tackling underage drinking, through partnerships that support government regulation