Alcohol industry

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The alcohol industry is the commercial industry involved in the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages. The industry has been criticised in the 1990s for deflecting attention away from the problems associated with alcohol use.[1] The alcohol industry has also been criticised for being unhelpful in reducing the harm of alcohol.[2] The World Bank works with and invests in alcohol industry projects when positive effects with regard to public health concerns and social policy are demonstrated.[3] Alcohol industry sponsored education to reduce the harm of alcohol actually results in an increase in the harm of alcohol. As a result it has been recommended that the alcohol industry does not become involved in alcohol policy or educational programs.[4] In the UK the New Labour government took the view that working with the alcohol industry to reduce harm was the most effective strategy. However, alcohol-related harm and alcohol abuse increased.[5] The alcohol industry has been accused of using similar tactics as the pharmaceutical industry to exaggerate the health benefits of alcohol which is regarded as a potentially dangerous recreational drug with potentially serious adverse effects on health.[6]

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  2. ^ Casswell, S.; Thamarangsi, T. (Jun 2009). "Reducing harm from alcohol: call to action.". Lancet 373 (9682): 2247–57. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60745-5. PMID 19560606. 
  3. ^ Room, R.; Jernigan, D. (Dec 2000). "The ambiguous role of alcohol in economic and social development.". Addiction. 95 Suppl 4: S523–35. doi:10.1046/j.1360-0443.95.12s4.6.x. PMID 11218349. 
  4. ^ Anderson, P. (May 2009). "Global alcohol policy and the alcohol industry.". Curr Opin Psychiatry 22 (3): 253–7. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e328329ed75. PMID 19262384. 
  5. ^ Anderson, P. (Oct 2007). "A safe, sensible and social AHRSE: New Labour and alcohol policy.". Addiction 102 (10): 1515–21. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2007.02000.x. PMID 17854326. 
  6. ^ Sellman, D.; Connor, J.; Robinson, G.; Jackson, R. (2009). "Alcohol cardio-protection has been talked up.". N Z Med J 122 (1303): 97–101. PMID 19851424.