1 February 2017
Researchers say industry’s lobbying of politicians and involvement in policy discussions obstructing health outcomes
The alcohol industry makes claims to governments that contradict and obfuscate science in an attempt to influence marketing regulations and prevent more stringent controls on products, an Australian study has found.
An author of the paper, Prof Kypros Kypri, said the findings showed that alcohol industry lobbying of politicians and involvement in discussions about policy were the most significant obstacles to evidence-based health.
Researchers led by Deakin University in Geelong reviewed all alcohol industry submissions made to a government review of alcohol marketing regulations. The review focused on the exposure of children to alcohol and the effectiveness of industry self-regulation.