A new open access article by Benjamin Hawkins and Chris Holden is available online. ‘Framing the alcohol debate: industry actors and the regulation of the UK beverage alcohol market’ (Critical Policy Studies) is based on an Alcohol Research UK-funded project which analysed the role of alcohol industry in the formulation of British alcohol policy. The [...]
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 [...]
Alcohol Industry Influence on Public Policy: A Case Study of Pricing and Promotions Policy in the UK
Whilst much of the literature on alcohol policy exhibits a clear assumption that industry actors are extremely powerful, we know relatively little about the processes through which alcohol policy is made and the specific role played by industry actors in these processes.
Drinks giant’s marketing tie-up on advertising pages raises concerns about health impact on teenagers Facebook’s advertising tie-up with drinks giant Diageo has fueled fears of under-age drinking. Photograph: Action Press / Rex Features A multimillion-dollar deal agreed between Facebook and drinks company Diageo will fuel the under-age drinking epidemic by exposing increasing numbers of young [...]
“They’ll Drink Bucket Loads of the Stuff” An Analysis of Internal Alcohol Industry Advertising Documents
As part of its 2009 investigation into the conduct of the UK alcohol industry, the House of Commons Health Select Committee obtained access to internal marketing documents from both producers and their advertising agencies.These reveal major shortcomings in the current self regulatory codes covering alcohol advertising. Specifically, the codes do not, as they are supposed to, protect young people from alcohol advertising; prevent the promotion of drunkenness and excess; or the linking of alcohol with social and sexual success. Nor do they even attempt to address sponsorship, and the documents show this is being systematically used to undermine rules prohibiting the linking of alcohol with youth culture and sporting prowess. Finally, the codes are extremely weak in their treatment of new media which are rapidly become the biggest channel for alcohol promotion.
Over the last decade the ‘problem’ of alcohol has been increasingly brought to the forefront of public policy agendas. Since 1997, the Labour Government has introduced an unprecedented number of laws, regulations, guidance documents and policy statements on alcohol. Foremost amongst these have been the Licensing Act 2003 and its accompanying guidance, the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England (2004), and Safe. Sensible. Social: The Next Steps in the National Alcohol Strategy (2007).