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The link between alcohol advertising and increased alcohol consumption in tenuous at best. In France, for instance, alcohol consumption among teen-agers has continued to rise despite a ban on alcohol advertising.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument above?

(A) Most French teenagers are aware of the debilitating effect that excessive alcohol consumption can have on a person’s health
(B) Most French teenagers watch television channels that broadcast from countries where alcohol advertising is legal
(C) Most French teenagers who drink alcohol have at least one parent who also drinks alcohol (D) French teenagers who drink regularly tend to miss more days of school than those do not drink
(E) A corporation’s stock increases in value over the short term only when the corporation’s long-term growth prospects are good.
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23 Oct 2010, 07:23
Conclusion: Link between advertising and increased alcohol consumption is not very strong.
Premise: Alcohol consumption among teen-agers has continued to rise in France despite a ban on alcohol advertising.
Ideal answer: French teenagers are exposed to alcohol advertising and the rise in alcohol consumption among French teenagers is a result of that.

Option B is the correct option.
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23 Oct 2010, 09:25
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I'd like add another piece of CR "Weaken the Conclusion" advice here. In addition to identifying the conclusion and the premises, you want to make an effort to identify the assumptions upon which the argument depends. Once you've identified that assumption, the best way to weaken the conclusion is to simply strike down that assumption. For example, here the argument assumes the following:

-Advertisers actually listen to the ban
-The ban was enacted long enough ago that you'd expect it to have had an impact already.
-French teens get their advertisements from sources subject to this ban (i.e. from France).

Certainly there are other assumptions here also. My point is that if you can train yourself to actively identify the assumptions as you're reading, you'll know what to look for in the answer choices. If you don't have a hypothesis to test, it's easy to look at answer choices and sort of convince yourself that they make sense.
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24 Oct 2010, 03:16
Got it right.thanks for the question.
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