alcohol and advertising Essay

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Alcohol and Advertising
Throughout the history of television, viewers have raised many questions about alcohol advertising. Does advertising influence alcohol consumption? Does it has an impact on alcohol abuse or alcohol related disease and death? How is advertising affecting us? The goal of this essay is to collect evidence, both theoretical and empirical, that would address the question of whether advertising affects in any measurable manner alcohol consumption and mortality from alcoholism and alcohol related disease.
The alcohol and advertising industries argue that as alcoholic drink is a legal product it should be legally possible for it to be advertised, and that bans on alcohol advertising would have adverse effects on the
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Much of the debate concerns the possible effects on children and young people. The Advertising Codes prohibit the specific targeting of minors, but the ubiquity of alcohol advertising ensures that it can hardly be missed by them. Indeed, the evidence is that even young children are aware of alcohol advertisements and tend to remember them. (Mackiln 251-252)
¡§The American Academy of Pediatrics¡¨ shows a recent study of the impact of television on children and teenagers:
„X     American children view over 23 hours of television per week.
„X     Teenagers view an average of 21 to 22 hours of television per week.
„X     By the time today's children reach age 70, they will have spent to 10 years of their lives watching television.
¡§The American Academy of Pediatrics¡¨ states that television advertising influence education and conduct of children and adolescents. They believe that ¡§time spent watching TV could be better spent on constructive activities.¡¨ Some other statistics that are shown are:
„X     American children have viewed an estimated 360,000 advertisements on television before graduating from high school.
„X     America children view nearly 2,000 beer and wine
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