Ban TV advertisements promoting gambling and alcohol

Ban TV advertisements promoting gambling and alcohol

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Alice Ferrie started this petition to Ofcom and

I wish to start a petition to have a ban put in place which will prevent all televised advertisements relating to the use or encouragement of gambling and alcohol products or services. 

Both gambling and alcohol are highly addictive and can destroy families. It is well known that gambling and alcohol addictions often go hand in hand, and the vast amount of advertisement time both of these take up is astonishing. For individuals recovering from either gambling and/or alcohol addictions, having to sit through numerous advertisements promoting these services is very triggering. 

With mental health being such a widespread issue in this day and age, television adverts should be promoting products/services which improve mental health and well being and not ones that contribute to the struggles people are already facing.

It has been found that one in five gambling addicts attempt to take their own life, and people with alcoholism are 120 times more likely to attempt suicide. With these shocking statistics it is difficult to understand why gambling and alcohol adverts are forced upon us in our own homes.

As tobacco is no longer allowed to be advertised due to the serious health issues it causes I feel the same should apply for gambling and alcohol, which can have a massive impact on both physical and mental health and well being.

I believe these adverts are extremely detrimental to anyone struggling with addictions and can have a massive impact on their mental well being.

More must be done to help protect individuals who are struggling with addictions, and this would be one small step towards helping overcome these struggles.

Countries such as France have already taken steps to control such advertisements by bringing in Evin Law or 'Loi Evin' which saw a ban on Tobacco and Alcohol products on television, and any other alcohol advertisement having very strict rules. 

Therefore I would like to see a ban on all television adverts which promote or encourage, in any way, consumption or engagement with gambling and alcohol products or services. 

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