Serpent » August 14th, 2016, 8:53 pm wrote:Seems the liquor lobby won a round.
Actually, I find it odd that nobody smokes on tv anymore, especially in productions that are supposed to take place in the 1930's or 60's, when I recall people smoking in offices, movie theaters, hospitals, restaurants - everywhere, except in my school. These days, the only thing anyone on tv smokes is a cigar. I guess cigars haven't been banned because nobody takes them seriously. Banning the depictions of alcohol use in fictional programs would be even more unrealistic. Especially when many of the stories include the use of illegal drugs. Alcohol is still legal, tobacco is still semi-legal, and people still indulge in both. Why pretend it's not so? We're watching fictional characters rape, torture, shoot, beat and blow up other people, none of which are productive social activities or recommended to youngsters. More people die of overeating than alcohol, but they haven't banned all those bacon ads.
But real people, using their real names, on interview or news-magazine shows ought to set a good example.
The thing about drinking is that you can simulate it by drinking colored water, etc. but with smoking, you have to be smoking something. That means exposing the the actors and crew to the health risks.
JMP1958 » August 15th, 2016, 9:02 am wrote:The thing about drinking is that you can simulate it by drinking colored water, etc. but with smoking, you have to be smoking something.
That means exposing the the actors and crew to the health risks.
d30 » August 16th, 2016, 3:13 pm wrote:
Even if it's fake alcohol on TV dramas, etc., it's still alcohol that is being de facto promoted, including to kids (and alcohol figures to be as much a "gateway drug" as the booze-biased are always selectively demonizing "pot" for).
Depicting alcohol use on TV exposes all to massive health risks, not just actors and crew at a studio, by promoting use by more and more people. The statistics already cited show that universal second-hand harm and tragedy: alcohol is involved in 50% of falls, auto "accidents," fires, domestic violence, etc.
doogles » August 16th, 2016, 5:01 pm wrote:At 85, I still imbibe between zero and 8 standard drinks daily.
Braininvat » August 16th, 2016, 7:06 pm wrote:Doog, if you knock back up to "8 standard drinks" daily, then the intelligence and insight in your posts is all the more phenomenal. Wow. 8 drinks, any day, would put me on the floor, and make me pretty sick, which illustrates that alcohol impacts people differently.
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