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PSAs Drive Bingers to Drink More: Study

Drinkers already feel guilty; ads make them feel worse
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 9:00 PM CST

(Newser) – The shaming quality of public-service announcements aimed at curbing binge drinking actually pushes such drinkers to imbibe more. And, a study finds, the spots are often so guilt-inducing that they can push someone feeling bad about some other malfeasance—cheating, say—to drink. One of the researchers suggests a different approach: “It’s important that the messages be toned down and as positive as possible,” Nidhi Agrawal tells Advertising Age.
(Read more binge drinking stories.)

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