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Professor Shanthi Amertunga Guest Seminar

Seminar title: Hazardous drinking among adolescents: lifestyle, context or structure

There are approximately 1.9 billion young people aged 10 to 19 years in our world today, the largest generation of adolescents in human history. They are testament to hard-won gains addressing diseases of poverty and undernutrition in early childhood. This seminar examines challenges at the next frontier, particularly alcohol and injuries, the largest contributors to deaths and disability in adolescence. The roles of health care, social policies, and industry influences will be critiqued highlighting the promise of digital technologies and brief interventions, as well as risks of ‘lifestyle drift’ replacing efforts addressing the structural determinants of harmful drinking by young people.

Bio: Professor Shanthi Ameratunga, a paediatrician by training, holds a Chair in Public Health at the School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She directs an international research programme in trauma and injury with projects funded by the Health Research Council of NZ, the Wellcome Trust, and the WHO, supporting a cadre of emerging public health researchers in less-resourced settings and generating over 250 publications.