Do time restrictions on alcohol advertising reduce youth exposure?

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Correspondence to: Craig S. Ross, Virtual Media Resources, Inc., 17 South Avenue Suite 5, Natick, Massachusetts 01760, USA.

E-mail: craig@vmr.com

Abstract

Regulators may attempt to reduce youth exposure to alcohol advertising by restricting times during which alcohol ads may be aired on television or radio. The Netherlands introduced such a policy and found that teenage advertising exposure increased following the time restrictions. This study uses simulation analysis and a comprehensive database of television alcohol advertising to demonstrate that time restrictions are likely to reduce advertising exposure to the youngest viewers while increasing exposure for the high-risk teenage population. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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