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.
The purpose of this guide is to support local governments across the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) area to reduce the harm from alcohol consumption at a local level. The harm that result from alcohol consumption can go beyond alcohol related diseases to a range of social, economic and environmental impacts on the community. This includes alcohol related assaults, injuries, property damage and other forms of anti-social or illegal behaviour. Local governments are becoming more directly involved in managing alcohol related issues and are ideally placed to facilitate a coordinated response in preventing the harm from alcohol consumption.
This guide provides a practical overview on the:
strategies that have been shown to reduce harm.
But the truth is, middle-aged drinkers are harming ourselves – because one glass of wine rarely stays at one, and our glasses are now so gargantuan that in just two of these buckets, you could easily have downed half your recommended weekly amount.
Authored by CHARLOTTE MITCHELL
Alcohol and tax — time for real reformMJA PERSPECTIVE
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Australia Day 2016: alcohol-related presentations to emergency departmentsMJA SHORT REPORT
Issue 1 / 16 January 2017
TACKLING alcohol advertising in sport is crucial to reducing excessive drinking, say experts, after new research reveals high rates of alcohol-related presentations to hospitals on Australia Day.
Ms Julia Stafford, executive officer at the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth told MJA InSight that “while alcohol companies promote and profit from the link between alcohol and our national day, emergency departments (EDs) are dealing with the ugly consequences”.
She said that Australia’s emergency services have “waited long enough for evidence-based alcohol policies that will reduce the burden”.
“We need a comprehensive approach that includes independent regulation of alcohol promotion, reform of the alcohol tax system and effective controls on when and where alcohol is available.”