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Considering the high occurrences of drunken driving accidents and alcohol-related violence, shouldn't alcohol advertisements be withdrawn from television, much like cigarettes advertisements were?

Considering the high occurrences of drunken driving accidents and alcohol-related violence, shouldn't alcohol advertisements be withdrawn from television, much like cigarettes advertisements were?
  • Cigarette companies should be able to advertise their product if alcohol companies can.

    Cigarette ads were pulled due to the fact that they made cigarettes look enticing to children. Alcohol ads, it could be argued, do the exact same thing. Alcohol, in today's society, is becoming more of a problem for children and teens than cigarettes are. If the fact that not as many kids are smoking is directly related to the fact that ads were banned, that's great! Maybe it's time to try the same thing with alcohol ads since alcohol is more dangerous than cigarettes, at least in the short term.

  • Cigarette companies should be able to advertise their product if alcohol companies can.

    Cigarette ads were pulled due to the fact that they made cigarettes look enticing to children. Alcohol ads, it could be argued, do the exact same thing. Alcohol, in today's society, is becoming more of a problem for children and teens than cigarettes are. If the fact that not as many kids are smoking is directly related to the fact that ads were banned, that's great! Maybe it's time to try the same thing with alcohol ads since alcohol is more dangerous than cigarettes, at least in the short term.

  • I agree that alcohol should be banned from televisions

    It is not easy for parents to watch their children drink I mean alcohol is something that destroys the future leaders of today. Don't like the idea of advertising it because even a three year old can see what's going on I mean alcohol should be banned plus it makes people to behavior otherwise so I think its a good idea . Thanks

  • Yes, alcohol should be discouraged.

    Yes, given the high occurrences of drunken driving accidents and alcohol-related violence, alcohol advertisements should be withdrawn from television, because of the large amounts of harm that alcohol-related problems can cause. Alcohol kills people every day. It is worth the small limitation on free speech to discourage its use, especially when children are so impressionable.

  • I agree with banning ads about alcohol on television because liquor is certainly as detrimental to health as cigarettes are.

    When people see ads on television, they see what is advertised as appealing and holding some sort of societal endorsement. Alcohol should be as little touted as cigarettes are. That does not mean all alcohol consumption is wrong, but people who like fine wines, for instance, do not need a television ad to entice them or to tell them what to buy. The ad just appeals to those who work on impulse.

    Posted by: AlondraH
  • I support removing alcohol advertisements from television, as it glorifies alcohol and makes more youths want to try it.

    Alcohol advertisements always show people having a great time drinking, but they never show the repercussions of drinking either. This ends up promoting just a positive image of alcohol as a cool thing, which can influence many youths to drink. By removing these advertisements there would be one less way in which alcohol was glorified.

    Posted by: TMacias
  • Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances there is, and should not be advertised.

    Kids want to be cool and, back in the day, smoking was cool. It was so cool that they removed the advertising, so young people may be less inclined to smoke. It is the same with alcohol. The cool parties have alcohol. The cool kids drink. Society has made it cool to break the law, and drink underage. Advertisements for alcohol should definitely be pulled.

    Posted by: CreepyRandy47
  • For the same reason that cigarette ads have been pulled, yes, alcohol ads should be banned.

    This nation is far too hypocritical and inconsistent in its treatment of different harmful substances. For now, alcohol seems to enjoy a favored status (maybe because Prohibition was such a big failure). But experience suggests that alcohol ruins many lives - not just the drinker, but the family, innocent victims of DWI, even the economy in terms of lost work hours and medical costs.

    Posted by: Th4Fire
  • These ads have too much negative influence on young and older adults alike.

    Alcohol advertising should be removed from primary media outlets, such as television, radio and print or, at the very least be severely restricted. This is needed because of the negative influences alcohol-related ads have on young teens and adults, who put themselves and others at risk when making the unfortunate decision to drink and drive.

    Posted by: Quibarce
  • Alcohol commercials show a fun-filled lifestyle and glamorous cocktail parties, never the ugliness that can happen, nor the ruined lives.

    Yes, I think beer and alcohol commercials ought to be taken off the air. It shows people always having fun, never turning violent, never going off for unprotected sex, throwing up, driving into a tree. These ads are totally unrealistic, and alcohol can be just as addictive as cigarettes or drugs. It can lead to violence, financial ruin, broken families. There is a very dark side. It can start out all fun and good times, and it can end up with someone dying of alcoholism.

    Posted by: PinkMych
  • THIS ARGUEMENT IS RIDICULOUS

    I recently watched a drunk driving ad from the UK in my psychology class. It blows my mind how you people can say that these ads promote under age drinking. HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE?! what is so appealing about death and loss to a teenager? I have personally lost friends to brutal drunk driving and you know what? the ads i watched really hit home. How bout instead of running away from the problem, how bout you hit it dead on? this is a real situation that happensand can be completely preventented. there are a lot of ways to get around the breath test devices, but that should definitely be a start. we need to stop shielding our kids from this brutal reality. it could be them one day, either making the extremely stupid mistake, or being the one that had to pay their life for anothers mistake. either way, running from this and acting as if it doesn't exist is only going to let this heinous action keep happening.

  • yes

    they are awesome

  • Ads don't cause people to act stupid and violent when drunk, the alcohol, itself, does.

    Instead of blaming the media and advertising, we need to blame our own laws and policies. If every car had a breath test device on it, drunk driving would be over. If there were stricter laws for driving and violence while drunk, there would be less. In the USA, we basically just slap people on the hand for alcohol-related violence and driving.

    Posted by: PointlessElbert47
  • Advertising will have no effect

    Advertisement and drunken driving are two totally different things. It will make absolutely no difference.

  • These ads weren't meant to condone underage drinking, and at that point it's up to parenting to control the actions of their teenagers.

    Most teenagers who engage in underage drinking do not do so because they saw it advertised. They do it because they see others doing it, and what happens when they do (family, friends, etc.) Generally when being drunk and underage is shown on television, it isn't in a positive light.

    Posted by: Sweet Cakes
  • It's not the commercials that cause the accidents.

    The commercials do not cause people to drink and drive. Accidents are caused by the ignorance of the individual who decides to get behind the wheel after they have been drinking. As a matter of fact, the person who drinks and drives has made a conscience decision to drink and drive before they started drinking in the first place. They made the conscience decision to drive to the bar knowing that they were going to drink. If they knew they were not going to drive after they were drinking then they would not have driven to the bar in the first place, knowing they would need to get home some how. They would have made a conscious decision to have someone drop them off.

    Posted by: SlipArnal
  • Alcohol will never be token off of TV advertising or not

    People who think that alcohol should be banned should get slapped. Do to the fact that there is no evidence out there (or any studies) that point to alcohol making people drink. Yeah there is accidents involving alcohol but what are you going to do removing the commericals people will still be drinking and there will be those who still drink and drive and there is no way that anyone can stop people who drink and drive. Even if people made alcohol illegal you would just get another person like Al Capon so go on ahead and bann it so that gangsters have another way of income.

  • The advertisements are not the only cause for drunken driving accidents.

    I am strongly against the suggestion that the alcohol advertisements be withdrawn or banned from television or from other electronic media just as the cigarettes advertisements were banned. Those who drink don't buy any alcoholic product just because they saw an advertisement. They buy and enjoy the whiskey or some other alcoholic drink because they are used to it. Just guide the general public against drunken driving and ask the traffic police to take strict action against the offenders.

    Posted by: babyphatgurl
  • Alcohol advertising has nothing to do with the incidence of drink driving related offenses.

    There will always be a part of society that does not drink at all if they know they are going to be driving. There will always be a part of society that will have only the one legally allowed drink if they know they are driving later. Likewise, there will always be that part of society that drinks and drives with no consideration for the effects or the legality. On that basis, advertising alcohol products or not will have absolutely no difference in alcohol related incidents. It is something that is inherent in our society as a whole.

    Posted by: MentM4j3r3
  • I disagree with the withdrawal of alcohol advertisements because unintelligent people will still make bad decisions.

    Alcohol related violence and drunk driving are not caused by advertisements; unintelligent people making predictably bad decisions cause them. These unintelligent people will remain unintelligent regardless of whether alcohol is advertised or not. The real solution is to make the punishment for such crimes much worse. Possible consequences are the most effective ways to deter any crime. If the consequence is extremely punishing, then said person would remember it whether they are sober or drunk.

    Posted by: BrianDj

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