18 Nov 2008

No drink links seen by sponsored clubs

3:34 pm on 18 November 2008

Sports clubs are dismissing a study that suggests sponsorship from alcohol companies contributes to problem drinking by players.

An Otago University study says half of its respondents received alcohol sponsorship - and drank more heavily than those who did not.

But sports clubs say that is not the case.

The Marist/Saint Pats Rugby Club in Wellington says sponsorship has little bearing on its players' drinking habits.

The Dunedin Rugby Football Club says drinking is a choice for its players and sponsorship does not promote consumption.

The study recommends that sports organisations should start considering the health and ethical risks of accepting sponsorship.