CESAVO, Italy: Report on adapting new school based interventions
APYN’s Observing member CESAVO (Centre for Voluntary Service of Savona)
has carried out an anonymous internet survey, to collect data about alcohol consumption and how much people agree or disagree with alcohol policies in Italy.
The results were discussed and presented in a press conference. Surprisingly, the results of the survey weren't as dramatic as expected: alcohol consumption was in a low range of risk and almost everyone agreed to alcohol policies now adopted in Italy, but they didn’t want them to become stricter.
The next step was the intervention in the high school: as active participants, 9 students were involved, in order to be trained as peer educators, and 5 of them were involved as mystery shoppers. With them a lesson was carried out where the alcohol problem was explained from every point of view (medical, social, psychological). The students brainstormed ideas about alcohol prevention and how to reach young people.
In addition, during mystery shopping volunteers visited six different selling points in two days and bought beer, wine and spirits, to see the different reactions of the sellers. Sadly, the results were shocking – 100% of selling points sold alcohol to minors. On the other hand, it was a great indicator that law is not enforced enough and that alcohol consumption among young people is not recognized as a problem. Even the mystery shoppers were shocked by the accessibility of alcohol.
The best part and the "boosted" part of the project was visible in the last phase, when the Italian partners prepared a broad Media-advocacy campaign. Some results can be found here :)
Overall, participants see importance and effectiveness of such activities. It helps to raise awareness and show how laws are implemented in the country.