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Be aware of drinkaware

McCambridge, Jim, Kypri, Kypros, Miller, Peter, Hawkins, Ben and Hastings, Gerard 2014, Be aware of drinkaware, Addiction, vol. 109, no. 4, pp. 519-524, doi: 10.1111/add.12356.

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Title Be aware of drinkaware
Author(s) McCambridge, Jim
Kypri, Kypros
Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Hawkins, Ben
Hastings, Gerard
Journal name Addiction
Volume number 109
Issue number 4
Start page 519
End page 524
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2014
ISSN 0965-2140
1360-0443
Keyword(s) alcohol industry
corporate
policy
UK
Summary In 2006, Drinkaware was established as a charity in the United Kingdom following a memorandum of understanding between the Portman Group and various UK government agencies. This debate piece briefly reviews the international literature on industry social aspects organizations, examines the nature of Drinkaware's activities and considers how the public health community should respond. Although the British addiction field and the wider public health community have distanced themselves from the Portman Group, they have not done so from Drinkaware, even though Drinkaware was devised by the Portman Group to serve industry interests. Both long-standing and more recent developments indicate very high levels of industry influence on British alcohol policy, and Drinkaware provides one mechanism of influence. We suggest that working with, and for, industry bodies such as Drinkaware helps disguise fundamental conflicts of interest and serves only to legitimize corporate efforts to promote partnership as a means of averting evidence-based alcohol policies. We invite vigorous debate on these internationally significant issues and propose that similar industry bodies should be carefully studied in other countries.
Notes This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/add.12356
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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