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As a grandparent and the son of an alcoholic parent, I become more and more concerned about the pressure that teenagers come under, especially my granddaughters, and the peer pressure and excessive alcohol advertising which encourages them to consume alcohol in its various forms.
With the stroke of a pen the government can legislate to restrict advertising as it has done for tobacco.
You do not need to be a genius to realise how effective this has been in saving lives and improving the wellbeing of so many.
I am yet to be convinced that excessive alcohol consumption is not a greater health risk than tobacco.
With one stroke of a pen or the press of a button the government can delete the word tobacco and substitute alcohol.
Can you imagine what benefits this would have and the only ones affected by this would be the alcohol and advertising industry.
Let us hope there is a Federal politician out there who can implement a private member’s bill in an endeavour to restrict alcohol advertising and thereby save lives and improve wellbeing, especially our teenagers’.
Yes, we can do it if we have the will and the concern for our children.
Dr Ron Roberts,
Cranbourne.

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