Calls to ban 'child' alcohol ads

// Health | Calls to ban 'child' alcohol ads
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
24 March 2011 Last updated at 22:20 ET By Nick Triggle Health reporter, BBC News

A bid to get the government to take a tougher stance on alcohol advertising in the UK has been given the backing of health experts.

Tory backbencher Dr Sarah Wollaston will put forward a private member's bill next week to limit the exposure of children to alcohol marketing.

The bill - based on French legislation - will be tabled on Wednesday.

The British Medical Association and university experts said the move would go a long way to protect children.

Dr Wollaston, who is a GP, will put forward the proposal as a 10-minute rule bill.

This allows her to make a speech in Parliament, although the process rarely leads to legislation being passed but is instead a chance to raise awareness about an issue.

'Unhealthy influence'

Dr Wollaston believes a French law known as Loi Evin could be adapted for the UK.

Continue reading the main story

Start Quote

Removing this profoundly unhealthy influence is, unsurprisingly, recognised as a key public health priority”

End Quote Professor Gerard Hastings Stirling University

The legislation was introduced in 1991 and bans alcohol promotion through mediums such as television and social media, while allowing it elsewhere.

Professor Gerard Hastings, a social marketing expert at Stirling University, told the British Medical Journal the law had helped to reduce alcohol consumption in France.

"Removing this profoundly unhealthy influence is, unsurprisingly, recognised as a key public health priority. So along with their cafe culture, the Loi Evin is a French innovation that the UK needs."

Ram Moorthy, of the BMA's board of science, agreed, urging MPs from all parties to support the bill.

"In our last report on alcohol marketing and alcohol misuse, the BMA highlighted the millions of pounds the alcohol industry spends on promoting alcohol, which we know can encourage young people to start drinking and to consume more alcohol than is healthy."

There are already rules in place governing advertising of alcohol which prevent, for example, marketing on TV during prime-time children's programmes, but the code does not go as far as the French rules.

The move comes after health groups have been heavily critical of the government's attempts to encourage sensible drinking through its responsibility deal earlier this month.

Six leading health organisations pulled out of the agreement, which saw industry committing itself to pledges such as increasing the number of products with unit labelling.

They argued the government was being too soft on industry.

Tagged : George Oni, Guinea-Bissau, Makoko Slum, Lady Gaga Goes Gaga, Lady Gaga, Jonathan orders release of Boko Haram members

Headlines Newsview all

Zambian labour minister accuses Dangote Cement of bribery

A row is brewing between Zambia and Dangote Cement, a major employer in Africa’s second largest copper producer, after a government minister accused an executive ... Full story

Sixty-seven South Africans died in Synagogue building collapse

Sixty-seven South Africans died in the building collapse that occurred at the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, President Jacob Zuma said in a ... Full story

Asari Dokubo: Obasanjo connived with Davies to embarrass Jonathan

In what could apparently be considered a daring move, leader of Niger-Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Alhaji Dokubo-Asari yesterday exploded, saying that former President Olusegun ...

Synagogue Building Collapse: 45 year old woman walks out of rubbles after being trapped for three days

A woman of about 45 years old walked out of the rubble unaided around 2 a.m. on Tuesday as rescue efforts continued at the site ...

Anita Oyakilome Threatens Her Husband

Following the big breakup of Christ Embassy’s general overseer, Pastor Chris Oyakilome and wife Anita, it seems there is no going back for the once ... Full story

T.B. Joshua says Boko Haram may be responsible for the collapse of the Synagogue building

The founder and General overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T. B. Joshua has said Boko Haram may be responsible for the ...

Wole Soyinka - Jonathan knows about Boko Haram financier in CBN

The controversy over alleged sponsors of Boko Haram took a twist yesterday when Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka said information about a suspected financier of the ...

TB Joshua Claims He Was The Target Of Attack In Church Building That Collapsed

Head of The Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T B Joshua, yesterday declared that the collapse of a section of the church complex, which ...

Nigerian Hackers Rob Bank Of N6.3billion

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is on the trail of a group of computer hackers, who have stolen N6.28billion, about $40million, from a new ... Full story

Gunmen Kill Rivers State Governor Amaechi’s Uncle

The people of Ubima in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State have been thrown into mourning following the murder of Mr. Sabinus Odu, an ...

South African Woman With Ebola Arrested At Murtala Mohammed International Airport

Confusion At Murtala Mohammed International Airport In Ikeja Lagos Over Ebola A woman from South Africa has been arrested by Officials of Lagos State Health Ministry ... Full story

Comment on: Calls to ban 'child' alcohol ads

Rate this article

0

Breaking News

I Don’t Care How You Perceive Me, I Am Who I Am………….Jim Iyke

Nollywood actor, Jim Iyke, has expressed his feelings to fans that he owns his words but owe people the interpretation to anything he says or ...

I Am Neither Proud Nor Arrogant- Joseph Benjamin

Joseph Benjamin is a multi-talented Nigerian Nollywood actor who got his big break as the co-host of MTN Project Fame West Africa Season II (a ...

Fashion Police Report: Celebs Dressed To Impress At Media Mogul Mo Abudu's 50th Birthday Celebration

Mo Abudu's 50th birthday took place this past weekend on Sep 12th at Lagos Oriental Hotel, but one can't stop talking about how fabulous she ...

Clarence Peters Is Not A Threat- Patrick Elis

Although one of Nigeria's top music video director, Patrick Elis, has officially debunked rumours that he was dating his client artiste, Eva Elordiah, the Delta ...

May your enemies see double trouble- Peter of P-square prays for fans

Peter Okoye of the P-square music fame, popularly known as the 'Rude boy' seemed to be a very prayerful mood this morning.The Anambra State born ...

"Just As Good Men Are Hard To find, “Manageable” Ladies Are Unicorns- Alibaba

Popular comedian Ali Baba is known for always writing down his opinion on issues that has to do with life as a whole. Recently the ...

Stephanies Hosts Miss Global Winners’ Party For 5th Anniversary…Humility, Kenny St. Brown For Honour

Stephanies Hosts Miss Global Winners’ Party For 5th Anniversary…Humility, Kenny St. Brown For HonourThe proposed 5th anniversary celebration of the high flying Bar and Lounge, ...

I Can't Do Without Women- Seyi Law Comedian

Award-winning stand-up comedian Oluwaseyitan Aletile aka Seyi Law is enjoying marital bliss without batting an eyelid.The talented comic act got hooked to his heartthrob through ...

Nollywood Actor, Desmond Elliot Veers Into Politics

If the saying, “man by nature is a political animal” is correct, then it is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities ...

Monalisa Chinda, Ex-Husband Back Reconciles?

Few years ago, when the news of the break up between Monalisa Chinda and her husband Dejo Richards spread like wild fire, many thought the ...