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Scope of Project

Aims and objectives

The aim of the project is to develop closer transatlantic ties between civil society organisations in US and EU, and develop an increased understanding of the issues relating to underage drinking and harm to adolescents.

This will be achieved by:
- identification of research which examine implications of underage drinking on adolescent development, and longer term impacts
- identification of public health surveillance mechanisms for underage drinking, potential risk factors, (and protective factors) and down-stream affects.
- exploring policy options including: minimum age policy, regulation of alcohol products and marketing, density of outlets, harm reduction strategies regarding accidents and injuries, support for families

Organisations and researchers in this area will be brought together to explore evidence, measurement issued and policy responses which have been developed in the USA and EU.

This project will develop a clear stock- take on current research and evidence in the EU and US on the impact of the underage drinking on development and promising policy and practice to effectively address underage drinking.

The purpose is to improve public health by identifying effective action to address underage drinking and it causes, decrease the harmful effects of underage drinking on adolescents and the communities they live in, and identify protective factors to reduce drinking and associated harm.


The main methodology is to bring together leading organisations and researchers in this topic area to explore the evidence, measurement issues and policy responses which have been developed across the US and in the European Commission, and at Member State level in the EU. The first step will build up a picture of context and variety of responses which exist across the EU and US, and consider what works in what circumstances. The project will start by looking at the state of the art in terms of the evidence base for the impact of underage drinking on adolescent development, longer term health impacts, and impacts on specific sections of society and communities.

The project will also explore mechanisms for the regular exchange of information, evidence and best practice in the longer term, using a methodology used by HAPI in collaboration with the Centres for Disease control in the US.