Industry use of evidence in policy debates

A new study by a team based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine claims alcohol industry submissions to a Scottish consultation on alcohol policy misrepresented research evidence on alcohol harms.

A full version of the article is available here.

The article is based on research funded by Alcohol Research UK.  The Insight and Final Report for that project can be found here.

Alcohol Research UK says:

‘The drinks industry is a key stakeholder in alcohol policy, and has a right to express its views in a public consultation.  However, it needs to recognise the research evidence on alcohol harm reduction.  Dismissing or misrepresenting findings which run counter to commercial interests is unacceptable.   Alcohol policy needs to be based on the best evidence, and all sides should seek to support that goal.’