It is not always easy to follow your dreams when the dreams you have are also the biggest fears you carry. What my heart desires, what do I ache for - this is something that not so many of us will ever have the courage to question ourselves.

Time was passing by, year by year would go away and somewhere deep inside I would keep my dream locked and just focus on today, living, surviving for the moment. But is that all we want from life? To have security, stability and maybe a job you don't really like but it helps to survive. And I knew that is not me, I am keen for more.

 

Zoom in Media Project was a very ambitious project, it was not only to gather research results, it was also educate young people about the effects of alcohol marketing on drinking behavior and national regulations on alcohol marketing, in letting the research be conducted by young people (in some cases inexperienced in the field of research). Looking back the aims were partially achieved:  This report and the national report give a snapshot of the various ways that young people encounter alcohol advertising in their daily lives; it has focused the participants’ attention on the subject of alcohol marketing and its effects, as well as the national regulations; in various phases of the project it became apparent that the goal of acquainting young people with research through this project, however amendable, was not conducive to maintaining the quality of the research tools and dataset that was required for serious scientific analysis. Concluding we can say that Zoom in Media was a partly successful project in which young people have learned a lot and have more than made up any lack of research skills with enthusiasm and vigor.

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The ACTIVE Congress took place in Grudek nad Dunajcem, Poland, July 26th to 28th  2016. During the Congress new plan of action and strategic plan were adopted together with Actives movement, Active policies -  for the upcoming 2 years.

New Board was elected during the Congress. Member organisation delegates selected Hilde Thoresen as the new board president and Kristaps Antoniskis as a vice-president, Tobias Larsson – Treasure, Igor Stojilovic – Secretary and Madalin-Ionut Costache, Natalia Maciejczyk, Linus Janzon, Ismail Siljak and Minela Djuderija as the Board members. It is important to mention that Active became richer by involving member organizations: Center for mental education from Latvia, Center for youth work from Serbia, Juniorforbund Junis from Sweden, and A.I.C.A.T from Italy.

Zoom In Media - UKRAINE

Here is freshly new results from Zoom in Media porject in Ukraine. Thank you for everyone who participated and helped to gather all the information. The research was attended by youth aged 14-30 years, the average age is 17 years old. This research suggests that all youth of Ukraine are being exposed to alcohol marketing through various channels. This is the situation in a country with not strong restrictions on alcohol advertising.

Members of Better Ukraine in Kiev National University were talking about Zoom in Media project:

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A value Active strongly believes in is democracy. While you are getting ready for our camp and congress "Time for Color", take a minute to read Vasilka's blog here and reflect on what democracy means to you !

Ioana, Natalija and Igor attended the European Youth Forum's Academy with the goal to extend their knowledge on different educational tools and methods. Their next step is to transfer the knowledge in their local organizations. In the meanwhile, you can read about their impressions from the Academy here

Alcohol use in Estonia

According to Estonian National Institute for Health Development composed statistics: “Alcohol market, consumption and harms in Estonia. Yearbook 2015”, an average Estonian person aged 15 and over consumed 11,71 litres per capita in 100% alcohol in 2015. That is almost twice as much as in the Nordic county with the smallest alcohol consumption, Norway. Although the alcohol consumption peak was in 2007-2008 (14,79 and 14,18 litres per capita), it has not dropped under 10 litres per capita.

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We are counting down to the best week of 2016! Meet our hosts from IOGT Poland with the new video they have created here. The European Congress 2016 is going to take place at the same time, with around 40 different workshops and excursions in the Polish nature. A whole lot of music, dance, colors, dicsussions, education and exchange. Register here to meet your old and make new friends from Europe. 

 

Euro 2016 began, and it is the biggest in the tournament’s history, with more teams – the very first time that Albania is also participating; more matches, more visitors, higher sales, higher profit and it will be located in more host cities than ever. Yet, we have the same way of celebrating sport. Alcohol industry is the general sponsor; people use alcohol before – during – after the match, it's not very important if the beloved team loses or wins; different type of drinking contests are published and people are being part, some city centers are converted into Euro 2016 Fan Zones where sport lovers can see the match in huge screens and consume beer. The consumption of alcohol has become firmly embedded in the Albanian culture.

While Sweden is among the bottom countries when it comes to frequency of consumption by young people, it has a much higher standing when it comes to the amount consumed. Boys and girls drank roughly the same amount of alcohol at last time of consumption (7.0 cl), which places Sweden in the top four. The volume consumed is relatively high compared to other ESPAD countries for both boys and girls, consequently Sweden also has a relatively high intoxication score (38% of respondents has ever been very drunk). 31% have consumed 5 or more drinks on one occasion during last 30 days.
Interestingly enough, the most recent ESPAD survey in 2011 revealed that Sweden was the only country of the 39 participating countries in which heavy episodic drinking was higher for girls then for boys. In line with this there were more girls who reported to have drank during the last 30 days. Also, girls report to have been intoxicated more frequent then boys, all together 14% answered to have been drunk during the last 30 days, while 42% of the girls reported ever having been drunk against 35% of the boys. Cider is the most popular alcoholic beverage for girls, while boys predominantly go for beer (ESPAD Report, 2011).