The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) called on the Yes on Question One campaign today to pull its “offensive and irresponsible” ads that feature a liquor store customer being slapped in the face, due to the demonstrated link between alcohol abuse and violence.
“These ads are highly offensive and irresponsible. To combine violence, alcohol and humor to convince voters that the liquor industry deserves a tax exemption is appalling,” said Norma Finkelstein, Executive Director of IHR.
IHR provides training on trauma, domestic violence, and sexual assault to integrate knowledge of these issues into the provision of substance abuse, mental health, and other human and corrections services, both locally and nationally.
“The consequences of alcohol abuse can be deadly and are not funny at all. We are calling on the Yes on 1 campaign to stop running these ads immediately and pursue a more responsible approach to a campaign that does not minimize the relationship between alcohol abuse and violence.”