A report issued Dec. 16 by the Center for Media Education claims that web sites promoting alcoholic beverages too often contain cartoons and other elements that could appeal to children.

Researchers who examined 77 alcohol sites from August to October found that 62 percent included features that children might find appealing, such as games, cartoon figures, or the use of "youth-oriented" language. One example cited by the report is a stick-shaped character named EZ, whose animated escapades appear on the web site for Southern Comfort.

Only one of the sites examined, Budweiser's, contained any "substantive information" on alcohol...

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