BMAurges ban on alcohol ads

The British Medical Association (BMA) has called for a blanket ban on the advertising of alcohol on television, radio and online to tackle binge drinking among young people. The BMA said advertising, including promotions such as happy&nbsp; hours, should be scrapped to combat the &ldquo;soaring cost of alcohol-related harm&rdquo;.<br /> <br />However, media research firm Nielsen said that a ban on alcohol advertising would cost the media &pound;180m a year in advertising revenues, while the pub industry &ndash;&ensp;which is already reeling from a smoking ban and the recession &ndash; could also be hit if the proposals came into effect.