Alcohol beverage companies made an estimated $17.5 billion on underage drinking n 2016, study says
June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Alcohol beverage companies made an estimated $17.5 billion on sales of beer and liquor consumed by underage American youth in 2016, a new study found, with three companies -- AB Inbev, Molson Coors and Diageo -- accounting for nearly half of teen consumption.
(CNN)An estimated $17. 5 billion of beer and liquor sales in the United States in 2016 was consumed by minors, with the products of three companies -- AB InBev, Molson Coors Beverage Co. and Diageo -- accounting for nearly 45% of underage youth consumption, a new study found.
"A study of this kind hasn't been done in some 20 years, and it shows that the alcohol industry is making billions of dollars from the sale of alcohol to minors," said study author Pamela Trangenstein, an assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"It's really shocking that underage drinkers generated $17 billion in alcohol sales as late as 2016," said nutrition researcher Marion Nestle, a visiting professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University who has authored numerous books on the politics of the food and beverage industry.
Regardless of the decline, "underage drinking is still a significant public health issue," said Mona Shah, senior program officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning unit of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which has invested nearly $700 million over 20 years in alcohol and substance abuse prevention efforts in the US.
"Youth who began drinking before the age of 15 have four times higher risk of developing an alcohol use disorder, with all the health risks and impacts that entails," Trangenstein said.
Combined, products from these three companies accounted for about 45% of underage youth alcohol consumption in 2016, the study said.
"Greater minimum legal drinking ages, higher beverage taxes, reductions in numbers and types of outlets selling alcohol, restrictions on days and hours of sale, and a host of other societal steps do work," Gruenewald said.
Studies have found that "young people with greater exposure to alcohol marketing appear more likely subsequently to initiate alcohol use if they did not drink previously, and engage in binge and hazardous drinking if they did drink previously," she said.
Donating a half percent of income to be used for underage drinking prevention was recommended by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine 17 years ago, but the idea was never implemented by the alcohol industry, she said.