Regulation of alcohol marketing is needed to meet health, wellbeing and equity goals

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 | tedla55p | No Comments

Prof Jennie Connor,* Prof Sally Casswell  

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has just released the report on its review of their Code for Advertising and Promotion of Alcohol. The ASA is an industry body which develops the voluntary codes that set the standard for advertising of alcohol, and also adjudicates on complaints made by the public when advertisers breach the code. The ASA exemplifies both an ineffective approach to protection of the population from harm, and an explicit commercial conflict of interest. In this blog, the case for regulation of alcohol marketing and the need for urgency is made, and ways forward are described.

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