Heavy Episodic Drinking (HED) is a growing trend in Southern Europe, traditionally considered a moderated drinking culture. Research has consistently identified the specific features, set, settings, risks, harms and impacts of this drinking pattern mainly among college students. However, more research is needed to analyse the relationship between HED and lower socio-economic youth and young adults, since this has been reported as a risk factor for alcohol related harm (WHO, 2014).
This is particularly relevant in Southern Europe that is undergoing a socioeconomic crisis, where families income is decreasing and also with enormous unemployment rates especially among recently graduated students who also seen to be at risk. Considering this, the project intends to address the HED phenomena among South European low-income and graduated unemployed youth and young adults, in a crisis context.
Considering the problems stated above, this project intends to do a comparative research among the 3 consortium partners (WP1) in order to understand the regional, national and south European similarities and differences. This research dimension will be crucial do the development of local interventions, and will contribute to science by creating and providing knowledge about HED in southern Europe, especially among low-income and unemployed youth and young adults.
Another measure proposed by the project is to empower and raise awareness about HED, especially among low-income groups, both on a local and European level. This will be done through the creation of 3 local consultative forums, the production and dissemination of local (regional and national) and European recommendations to advice comprehensive HED policy measures, in line with WHO Global Strategy (WP2).
The project is also expected to design and implement pilot interventions at a local level (WP2), according with the data collected in the research and the inputs of the consultative forums.
In order to be effective in reaching strategic stakeholders and to increase the range of its outputs, the project includes a dissemination plan (WP4) targeting researchers, ONGs, Health services, social, health and education professionals and decision-makers.
Evaluation (WP5) will be essential to motorize the project´s implementation and it´s processes, identify conflicts and problems in useful time, and to access the effectiveness in reaching the objectives proposed.