Aquarius are proud to support the Alcohol Health Alliance’s drive to protect children and young people from alcohol advertising, with our Service Lead Richard McVey contributing our specialist charity perspective to their recent press release.
In recent YouGov findings, a poll showed that 77% of Brits support controls to limit the exposure of children and young people to alcohol advertising. Richard, our Head of Service at Aquarius, commented on these findings:
“As a charity who provide specialist support to alcohol users and their families, Aquarius welcomes the Alcohol Health Alliance’s calls to introduce restrictions for alcohol marketing.
Advertising is a major contributor to alcohol’s prevalence in our society and we see images of alcohol wherever we go. Limits on the marketing of alcohol are part of a preventative approach to reducing the harms of alcohol and can help prevent young people’s relationship with alcohol being influenced by advertising.”
We are proud to have been a part of this work with Alcohol Health Alliance, and to encourage positive change around introducing alcohol advertising restrictions to protect young people.
In addition, our Area Manager Ruth Spencer wrote this blog for the Alliance on what we know about alcohol advertising and its impact on young people.
Ruth reflects on conversations she’s had with young people in our Aquarius services about alcohol advertising and the impact it has on their lives, as well as looking at our own culture and attitudes towards alcohol and the positive change that is needed for young people.
“For too long alcohol has been pushed as a right of passage for young people in order to become an adult. We need to call for change, not put beer bottles on birthday cards for when someone turns 18.”
You can read Ruth’s blog here.