This Bill looks at alcohol marketing, the ways in which it has an influence over the drinking habits of young people and the methods to take to reduce these effects. For example, the Bill will look at the potential banning of alcohol promotion before 9pm, and the ways in which the Internet disguises alcohol advertising, in an attempt to try and reduce the impact of alcohol marketing on the alcohol patterns of young people.
There is growing concern over the figures regarding the impact of alcohol on young people, and alcohol marketing is seen by some as playing a role in these statistics. The Department of Health released figures showing that females have the highest alcohol dependency within the age group 16-24, and there is still a worryingly high number of hospital admissions for young people, due to alcohol. Reports from 2008 suggest that there were 2843 fatalities in those aged between 15-24, and 23% of these were related to alcohol.
The second reading for the Alcohol Marketing Bill is due to take place on the 9th September 2011, and the outcome of this will be released in due course, thereafter.
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