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Industry actors, think tanks, and alcohol policy in the United kingdom

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JournalAmerican journal of public health
DatePublished - Aug 2014
Issue number8
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)1363-1369
Original languageEnglish


Corporate actors seek to influence alcohol policies through various means, including attempts to shape the evidential content of policy debates. In this case study, we examined how SABMiller engaged the think tank Demos to produce reports on binge drinking, which were heavily promoted among policymakers at crucial stages in the development of the UK government's 2012 alcohol strategy. One key report coincided with other SABMiller-funded publications, advocating measures to enhance parenting as an alternative to minimum unit pricing. In this instance, the perceived independence of an influential think tank was used to promote industry interests in tactics similar to those of transnational tobacco corporations. This approach is in keeping with other alcohol industry efforts to marginalize the peer-reviewed literature.

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  • Alcoholic Beverages, Binge Drinking, Food Industry, Great Britain, Health Policy, Humans, Legislation as Topic, Lobbying, Policy Making

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