A medical journal is raising concerns about alcohol advertising, saying young girls are being influenced by the ads.
The editorial in this week’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal says health warnings should be embedded in alcohol ads, so that young girls understand the risks of drinking.
The author, Dr. Ken Flegel, says parents should also model responsible alcohol consumption for their children.
The editorial says studies from the United States show that alcohol advertising aimed at young women is being viewed more commonly by young girls.
The studies also show that increased exposure to alcohol advertising is linked to an increase in drinking in adolescents.
Flegel says that’s probably because adolescent girls spend more time reading fashion magazines or watching TV, places where the ads are published or aired.
He says girls need to understand that drinking increases their risk of a number of health conditions, including breast cancer.
Other female-specific risks of drinking include unwanted sex and pregnancy as well as being subjected to violence, the editorial says.