Public Sector: Support for nanny state

A straw poll of 70 comms professionals at the CIPR Local Public Services Annual Conference suggests that a clear majority support the use of 'nanny state' PR techniques to cut down on excessive drinking.

However, the poll found that only 27 per cent of delegates thought 'buy one get one free' offers should be banned. Some 72 per cent thought a minimum alcohol price should be set.

In a presentation on changing attitudes to alcohol, the Scottish Government's head of alcohol misuse delivery team Donna MacKinnon said: 'We're going to have a nanny state. When someone in Scotland dies every three hours through alcohol misuse, something's got to be done. But it's going to take decades.'

The presentation also saw Brighton and Hove City Council head of service improvement and review Kevin Kingston reveal the council is to launch a major hard-hitting underage drinking campaign.

Brighton's comms team recently provided advice to Newquay Town Council on how to deal with alcohol-related nightlife.

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