State doctors group wants colleges to ban alcohol ads

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A large organization of doctors in Tennessee is asking colleges to ban alcohol ads in connection with sports programs.

The Tennessee Medical Association has sent a letter to 21 colleges and universities in the state, calling the heavy use of alcohol the top health problem on the nation's campuses.

The group says 1,700 college student deaths per year are liked to alcohol abuse nationally.       The doctors' group effort is part of the American Medical Association's program, which began last year.

The University of Tennessee doesn't allow alcohol advertising in its sports arenas, including Neyland Stadium.

Beer is advertised on its coaches shows and game broadcasts.

An AMA spokesman two athletic conferences and 247 individual colleges have agreed to ban alcohol print and broadcast ads associated with sports promotion and games.

The conferences are the Ivy League and the Big South.

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