The aim of the WP5 was to determine the status quo of the policies and practices to reduce heavy episodic drinking related to under age people, alcohol and sport at national level.
The final report presents the findings from the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of experts from sport settings across the countries, and from the health prevention area on alcohol consumption and alcohol related harms and sports and youth.
This also provides insights on the perceived obstacles to promote strategies aimed at reducing alcohol related harm with a special focus on youth drinking. Out of the results drawn in the report the main conclusions are the following:
1.The 4 most influential target audiences in sports settings for initiatives to be activated to prevent alcohol harms to youth are players, coaches/training staff, spectators/fans and bar staff.
2.The sporting setting itself has added value to promote healthy lifestyles, including activities to prevent alcohol-related harms to the most vulnerable population target: young people.
3.Despite the presence of laws and regulations to protect young people from alcohol harms, there is an overall low level of knowledge and enforcement, at national level and in sports settings.
4.There is the need of cooperation across organisations to implement alcohol policies for youth.
With reference to sports settings, more efforts and resources are needed to overcome the main obstacles for effective implementation of alcohol policy, that are the lack of regulations on alcohol advertising and sponsorship, bar staff training, alcohol consumption policies, knowledge on alcohol related-harms and monitoring controls of sporting bodies by the government.