Journal of Public Health Policy

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 91–104 | Cite as

Measuring youth exposure to alcohol marketing on social networking sites: Challenges and prospects

  • David H Jernigan
  • Anne E Rushman
Original Article


Youth exposure to alcohol marketing has been linked to increased alcohol consumption and problems. On relatively new and highly interactive social networking sites (SNS) that are popular with youth, tools for measuring youth exposure to alcohol marketing in traditional media are inadequate. We critically review the existing policies of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube designed to keep branded alcohol content away from underage youth. Looking at brand and user activity on Facebook for the 15 alcohol brands most popular among US youth, we found activity has grown dramatically in the past 3 years, and underage users may be accounting for some of this activity. Surveys of youth and adult participation in alcohol marketing on SNS will be needed to inform debate over these marketing practices.


alcohol advertising internet youth self-regulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David H Jernigan
    • 1
  • Anne E Rushman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HealthBehavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA

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