Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Guilt-Based Anti-Alcohol Ads Can Backfire, Study Finds
Using shame or guilt to try to prevent overconsumption of alcohol can actually cause people to drink more, researchers say.
Researcher Adam Duhachek of the Indiana Kelley School of Business and colleagues said that ads that link alcohol abuse to negative consequences like blackouts and automobile crashes in order to elicit feelings of shame or guilt can trigger a defensive coping mechanism. This can lead viewers to believe that bad things related to drinking can only happen to others and can actually increase irresponsible drinking, researchers said.