Call to regulate alcohol advertising

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There are calls to regulate alcohol advertisements to curb binge drinking among the young. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Cambodia Movement for Health and lawyers have requested the government to have laws to regulate alcohol advertisements which encourage people to consume alcohol despite adverse social impacts.

In a press release on Friday, CMH said in addition to spending a lot of money on alcohol advertising, companies also organise competitions offering prizes such as money, cars, motorbikes, flight tickets, trips and beers to attract the public, including youths, children and women, to consume alcohol.

Dr Mom Kong, CMH executive director, yesterday said that alcohol advertising with attractive messages and a lot of prizes is the main cause for an increase in alcohol consumption among young people.

He called on the government to have laws or regulations that restrict the scope of alcohol advertising.

“Alcohol advertising is the main reason why people consume a lot of alcohol and even start drinking an an early age,” he said. “When people consume more alcohol, accidents and diseases associated with drinking also increase and result in the loss of human resources, especially youth who are the backbone of the nation.”

Full story in Monday’s paper

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