Council calls for ban on alcohol advertising on TV before 9pm

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Cheshire East Council has called on the government to restrict alcohol advertising on TV.

The authority's cabinet has called for a 9pm watershed for such adverts in order 'to protect children and young people from the influence of alcohol advertising'.

The cabinet also restated its call for a minimum-pricing strategy to be introduced as part of measures to help reduce drink-related harm in our communities. The council is to work with other authorities in Cheshire and Merseyside to lobby government on this issue.

Cabinet endorsed council proposals to reduce alcohol consumption via a range of early intervention and prevention activity as part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Sustainability and Transformation Partnership.

Yesterday's moves follow Cheshire East spearheading the launch last week of an initiative to reduce drunkenness across the borough. The 'Drink Less, Enjoy More' campaign is primarily aimed at young people aged 18-30 and warns they risk having their night out cut short as bar staff may refuse to serve them – or ending up in casualty or a police cell.

Councillor Liz Wardlaw, cabinet member for health said: "We need to protect people – especially our children and young people – from being bombarded with images of alcohol consumption and from easy access to cheap drink promoted by stores.

"Alcohol misuse costs Cheshire East public services more than £136m a year – which is £369 for every man, woman and child living in our borough. And it's not just the financial cost: alcohol misuse has devastating effects on individuals, their families, friends and local communities. It is a national problem – and it needs action.

"It is clear that self-regulation by the drinks industry is not working and we need government intervention to protect our children from harmful exposure to alcohol marketing. We know this advertising contains content and messages that appeal to children and that, due to exposure to this, children drink more and start drinking at an earlier age.

"There is also a clear link between price and the consumption of alcohol – this is why this council feels that the introduction of a minimum-pricing strategy can form a key part of wider plans to tackle the diverse problems caused by alcohol misuse.

"A great deal of work is being done with our health and wellbeing colleagues across the North West, and we think coordinated action is the right and most effective approach."

Under proposals backed by cabinet on Tuesday, 10th October, – which follow a notice of motion moved by councillors Sam Corcoran and Dorothy Flude in July – the council is to write to ministers to urge the government to impose a 9pm watershed for alcohol advertising on TV.

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Elizabeth Mooney
Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 4:46 pm
I think they will find that young people (teens) do not watch conventional TV any more. (I will try and link to the Guardian article).The oldies at Cheshire East are way behind the times.on that one. On principle it is a good idea though. They should bear in mind the level of clout the Liqour companies have with government.

I hope thus is not a distraction from our dear Council putting it's own house in order...
Stephen Justice
Saturday 14th October 2017 at 7:09 pm
I’m confused!

The article states that alcohol abuse costs Cheshire East public services £136m per year, yet I see the council’s own estimates of total spending amount to £262m.

How can it be possible that 52% of all the council’s cost relates to managing alcohol abuse?

If those figures are correct, I suggest the council needs to make a huge improvement in its effectiveness or reassess its priorities.

If I have misunderstood then I’ll post an apology, but in any case some clarification is welcome please.

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