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No excuses in the USA

27 August, 2008
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Pernod Ricard USA has launched an advert­ising campaign to discourage drink driving, under-age consumpt­ion and binge drinking.

The campaign draws attention to many of the excuses associated with drink-related antisocial behaviour and includes press advertising, financial backing for selected organisations involved in alcohol issues, and edu­cational tools for parents and teenagers.

A PR element of the campaign is being fronted by Dr Alfred R Mele, a professor at Florida State University and author of Self-Deception Unmasked, who has contri­buted a quiz on a new website, acceptresponsibility.org.

Pernod Ricard USA chief executive Alain Barbet said: "Although the vast majority of adult Americans who drink do so in moderation, and the incidence of under-age drinking is declining, we have an obligation to fight against irresponsible consumption.

"Our new campaign focuses on recognising and overcoming enabling excuses ."