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the high occurrences of drunken driving accidents and alcohol-related violence, shouldn't alcohol advertisements be withdrawn from television, much like cigarettes advertisements were?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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The legal status of alcohol advertisements is an unfortunate double standard. The effect of tobacco smoking, while it harms the health of the lungs and other organs, is benign in its effect on the brain when contrasted with alcohol. Alcohol not only harms vital organs such as the heart and liver, it also disrupts the actions of neurotransmitters in the brain. This results in the characteristic and quite well-known effects of alcohol consumption: impaired perception, impaired judgment, and date rape. The hypocrisy of punishing the tobacco industry for a lesser damaging impact on human beings while granting this license to the alcohol industry should end.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Removing advertisement will not help because removal of cigarettes advertisements doesn't put an end to cigarettes smoking. More effective methods should be used.
Advertisement and drunken driving are two totally different things. It will make absolutely no difference.
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.
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.
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.