Sunday, February 18, 2007

Why are TV commercial ads for alcohol legal?

OK, so I'm not all together agreeing with this. I do think it's a problem.... Anyways, just thought I'd share it.

Why are TV commercial ads for alcohol legal?

Alcohol is society's oldest and most popular legal drug while drunk driving is the nation's most frequently committed violent crime. In 2001, 17,448 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol, representing 41 percent of the 42,116 people killed in all traffic fatalities. An estimated 513,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year, an average of 59 people per hour, or approximately one person every minute.

Research in recent years has shown that alcohol-related automobile accidents alone cost the public an estimated $114.7 billion annually, this includes an estimated $63.9 billion lost in quality of life due to these accidents. But it doesn't stop there. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, many more violent crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol than "all other drugs."

Imagine for a moment endorsing the use of cocaine, crack or heroine just to later call the fatal end results of these drugs addictions a "disease." Sounds pretty silly, doesn't it?

Calling alcoholism a disease is the legalized way of protecting the image of society's favorite legal drug of choice.

Here's the punch. TV commercial advertisement is allowed to advertise for this killer regardless of its chart-topping statistics surpassing those of its illegal counter parts.

All I want to know is, how and why is this legal?

Pastor Scott A. Lester
Gatewood Brethren Church

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