Alcohol industry in Australia grooming children to drink by marketing booze-flavored snacks, AMA claims

Australia’s Brisbane Courier Mail reports that a new report by the Australian Medical Association describes how the alcohol industry is using online games that feature alcohol brands, secret parties with online invitations and Facebook to market alcohol to young people. The AMA report says alcohol-sponsored mobile phone apps that provide cocktail recipes, conversation topics or use geolocation technology to recommend nearby bars and clubs are aimed at the young.  The industry has also encouraged children to develop a taste for alcohol by marketing Tim Tams flavored with Tia Maria, chocolates flavored with Malibu, vodka flavored lip gloss and fudge and potato chips flavored with Jim Beam whisky, the report says.