Children should not be exposed to alcohol advertising at a young age. I want my local Centra to stop placing alcohol close to the check out.
This problem could spread widely if nothing is done. Centra have over 450 branches in Ireland and have recently become part of the huge Musgrave group. If they find this layout to be profitable they may well decide to implement it in all their stores.
Profit margins are no excuse for exposing our children to the risks of alcohol marketing. Please act so that shops are not free to thrust it in front of families who are buying their groceries or visiting their post office.
Why is this important?
I object to having my children unavoidably exposed to alcohol and alcohol related advertising in convenience stores. Alcohol is well know to have many negative affects on the health and judgement of teenagers, and most problem drinkers start drinking young.
Alcohol marketers direct advertising at them with the aim of gaining lifelong loyal customers. These companies are well know as the best and most effective advertisers in the world. Why is it that children cannot enter dedicated off-licenses but convenience stores like these are free to place their alcohol sections so that children cannot avoid them?