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... to think MN advertising ALCOHOL is absolutely irresponsible?

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TurquoiseTranquility Thu 07-Feb-13 18:34:47

Just got my weekly 'parenting news' email from MN and was appalled to discover it features an advert of a "new lower alcohol" wine hmm. I never thought I was much of a snob (I'd hope not, anyway! confused) but I do think that for a family-oriented website to advertise alcohol is not just inappropriate, it's kind of hypocritical. Especially as some of MN users may be struggling with alcohol addiction, or being victims of their family members' drinking and related issues. I mean COME ON, a 5.5% alcohol wine isn't exactly some sort of an "alcohol replacement therapy" product angry! AIBU?

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Cakecrumbsinmybra Thu 07-Feb-13 18:37:36

I don't think MN is a family orientated website - its for grown ups surely?! (except in the school holidays). I can't say it bothers me that much. I get more annoyed when they advertise formula (if they have, I can't remember now).

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Isildur Thu 07-Feb-13 18:38:43

I don't think it's real wine, it's some kind of flavoured water with a wine fume wafted over it.

They were giving the stuff away the other week grin.

They should be a lot more discerning really, and advertise only the ABV >12% and upwards of £15 a bottle stuff.

skaen Thu 07-Feb-13 18:39:09

Mumsnet turn down a lot of advertising because they think (or are loudly told)that its inappropriate. If you really feel strongly, email MNHQ.If they can't get enough advertising/sponsorship though, they'd have to charge for the site. Personally, I'd prefer to ignore ads for low alcohol wine.

AgentZigzag Thu 07-Feb-13 18:39:10

<sips triple gin and tonic>

Yes, you're completely right, absolutely irresponsible.

weegiemum Thu 07-Feb-13 18:39:26


Oops sorry it's only Thursday!

wine yup YABU. It's a grown up site for grown ups! I think most can handle a little advertising don't you?

Labootin Thu 07-Feb-13 18:39:37

It's disGUSTing

(that's WRT to low alcohol wine BTW)

PickledInAPearTree Thu 07-Feb-13 18:40:10


SERIOUSLY? winewinewinewinewinewine

WhenSheWasBadSheWasHopeful Thu 07-Feb-13 18:40:26

Low alcohol wine is horrid. Alcohol free is vile.


littlewhitebag Thu 07-Feb-13 18:40:46

I assume the e mail you got was aimed at you - an adult? Not your 13 year old child? If so you then you are being very silly.

MN ARE very irresponsible for advertising low alcohol wine. Bleargh who wants to drink that? wine

NeverQuiteSure Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:08

Well given that MN actually has a wine smiley, I'd say it's a pretty good fit.


Psammead Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:16

Is this a joke thread?

Cakecrumbsinmybra Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:33

It can't be as bad as no-alcohol wine. I just kept trying it when I was pg in the hope that one day it would suddenly seem like the real thing.

TheRobberBride Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:33

YABU. It's a site for grown ups. Grown ups drink wine on occasion. If you don't like it then don't buy it!

BeerTricksPotter Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

olibeansmummy Thu 07-Feb-13 18:41:53

It's a website for adults and advertising wine is hardly FORCING peoe to drink it!

BehindLockNumberNine Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:00

Uhm, it is a site for parents. NOT a family site. There is a big difference imo. A family site would have sections for children with games etc.
This is NOT a family site.

We are all adults here, ads for wine don't bother me. In fact I received a free bottle and it was lurverly so I may be a bit biased grin

Bottoms up! wine

Helpyourself Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:06

I'm a recovering alcoholic and don't have a problem with it.
Lots of people can drink safely, just because I can't I don't see why MN shouldn't get the revenue.
As cakecrumbs says there's a stronger argument against advertising formula. I also wouldn't want to see adverts for payday loans, gambling sites or cigarettes.

Bobyan Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:18

Most parents are adults, therefore advertising aimed at the users of a parenting website is perfectly acceptable IMHO.

Its not like they are advertising on the Alcoholic Anonymous website.

Viviennemary Thu 07-Feb-13 18:42:50

I didn't think it was a family orientated website. Is it for children. I wouldn't have thought so.

Isildur Thu 07-Feb-13 18:43:05

Ah, BeerTricks , Tesco once sent me some as a sub. I didn't notice 'til I took it out of the fridge.

I nearly cried.

catgirl1976 Thu 07-Feb-13 18:43:07

Low alchohol wine shock

That's appalling

Nothing under13% in this house

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