What works to address young people’s addictive behaviours?

These webpages present a summary of the findings of ALICE-RAP project Workpackage 16 "Adolescents as Customers of Addiction"

The aim of this research was to investigate the range of policies adopted by
EU Member States to address addictive behaviours in young people.
This included use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, and gambling.

Addictive behaviours were defined as those behaviours that can become compulsive and continue despite causing health and social harms (e.g., neglecting other areas of life). Particular attention was given to how policies addressing such behaviours in young people are developed (assessed through a policy mapping exercise) and to what extent they have been shown to be effective (assessed through a systematic review of reviews).

These web pages summarise the findings of the review of reviews of effectiveness of the policy approaches identified in the policy mapping in producing positive outcomes in young people.

Policies and interventions are arranged within a framework comprising ten broad approaches:
Control and regulation of supply
Gambling/substance-free zones
Age limits
Taxation and pricing
Control and regulation of advertising, marketing and sponsorship
Warning labels
Prevention programmes
Treatment and social reintegration
Harm reduction
General delivery structures and quality assurance measures

This website has been produced with the financial support of the European Union through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013), under Grant Agreement nº 266813 [Addictions and Lifestyle in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project (ALICE RAP)]. Participant organisations in ALICE RAP can be seen at http://alicerap.eu/about-alice-rap/partner-institutions.html. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the wider ALICE RAP partnership.