The alcohol industry involvement in health debates is a conflict of interest

Please remember; no matter how they couch it, or try to explain it, the alcohol industry wants to sell you more alcohol, not less. 

What do the independent experts on alcohol reform say about the alcohol industry trying to be a part of the alcohol law reform policy?

“Alcohol policy has been influenced by the alcohol industry to prevent effective tactics such as minimum pricing being implemented”
Professor Kypros Kypri, PLoS Medicine, December 2014.

“You can’t have a productive discussion with the bureaucrats who are the conduits to government about how they should be tackling trading hour’s issues or availability or awareness campaigns, because the discussion gets skewed. You couldn’t have the tobacco industry in the room, so how come the alcohol industry is so different?”

Michael Thorn, Chief Executive, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, December 2014.

“I don’t understand how the industry can be considered a stakeholder in health policy. They want to align themselves with the stuff that has got a feel-good flavour and do whatever they can to reduce regulation, and that’s understandable, it’s what I would do if I were them…”

Professor Kypros Kypri, University of Newcastle, December 2014.

“A recent meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs (IGCD), which provides advice and implements drug policy, consisted of about 10% of participants who had direct ties to the alcohol industry, as well as representatives from other groups that receive alcohol sponsorship”

Fairfax Media, December 2014.

As reported in The Sydney Morning Herald, December 10, 2014.

Posted: Saturday 4 April 2015