Call for ban on al­co­hol ad­verts

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By Stephen Fernane

CLLR John Joe Cul­loty has asked Kerry County Coun­cil to catal­yse the process to ban al­co­hol ad­ver­tis­ing in Ire­land. Cllr Cul­loty put down a mo­tion at this month’s meet­ing of Kerry County Coun­cil, which fol­lows on the back of sim­i­lar mo­tion at July’s meet­ing.

He re­quested that th­e­lo­cal author­ity call on Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar to ‘be­gin the process of ban­ning the ad­ver­tis­ing of al­co­hol prod­ucts’.

Cllr Cul­loty cited the ad­verse ef­fects of ad­ver­tis­ing, es­pe­cially on young peo­ple, adding that ban­ning al­co­hol ad­ver­tis­ing was a ‘no brainer’.

“I was watch­ing tele­vi­sion one evening and there was an ad about a woman who lost her son in a road ac­ci­dent. The very next ad was about an al­co­holic drink with young peo­ple par­ty­ing. It’s a to­tal con­tra­dic­tion. I came across a sur­vey in Aus­tralia re­cently where young peo­ple knew more al­co­hol brand names than types of ice cream.”

Cllr Cul­loty added that most of the gardaí he spoke with in the Kerry Di­vi­sion said 80 per­cent of their court-re­lated cases are al­co­hol re­lated.

“Be­hind all th­ese stats are the per­sonal sto­ries that af­fect fam­i­lies, be it as­sault or time in hos­pi­tal due to al­co­hol re­lated in­ci­dents.

“I’m not against hav­ing a few pints but we need to wise up. It’s be­com­ing ac­cept­able that we now have an un­healthy re­la­tion­ship with drink,” Cllr Cul­loty added.

In re­ply, coun­cil man­age­ment said a let­ter had been sent to the South­ern Re­gional Drug and Al­co­hol Task Force re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion on the im­pact of ad­ver­tis­ing on al­co­hol con­sump­tion. A re­port was re­ceived stat­ing they strongly sup­ported Cllr Cul­loty’s mo­tion.

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