ALAC Was Last Night Really Worth It?

ALAC, the Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand, has released a print campaign challenging New Zealanders to consider the effects of hangovers on everyday life. ALAC is attempting to change the NZ drinking culture – the culture in which New Zealanders drink too much at a time and accept being drunk. The tagline, “It’s not the drinking, it’s how we’re drinking” refers to the way in which Kiwis bank their drinking and spend it all at once. This series of posters challenges individuals to think about whether that drinking was really worth it. They depict some everyday scenes where the person who has been drinking is suffering the after effects, and because of this, is not fully able to be a part of whatever they are now involved in. Each shows a person trapped by a glass designed for drinking alcohol: the rugby player caught under a beer handle, the officer worker trapped under a wine glass, the woman at home trapped by a shot glass, and a father isolated at a picnic with his family.

Rugby player experiences hangover in glass

Woman experiences hangover in glass at work
Woman experiences hangover in glass at home
Man experiences hangover in glass at picnic


The ALAC campaign was developed at Clemenger BBDO, New Zealand, by executive creative director Philip Andrew (duster), creative director Mark Harricks, copywriters/art directors Brigid Alkema and Paul Young, photographer Steven Boniface and retoucher Geoff Francis.

  • deadthevideo

    Ads like this have a duty to warn the public of the dangers of alcohol and they have to make them aware of how much alcohol they can take in a week. But ads can’t tell a person they can’t drink. That is up to the person themselves. Ads can only do so much, but in the end it’s the person that has to do the work.