Battling Big Booze and Big Bet: Why we should not accept direct funding from the alcohol or gambling industries

Abstract

This editorial outlines the key arguments for policies proscribing funding, partnerships or other arrangements with the gambling and alcohol industries. The effects of alcohol consumption go beyond diseases, accidents and injuries to a range of adverse social consequences, both for the drinker and for the wider community. The alcohol industry has an undistinguished track record that includes opposition to the introduction of random breath testing and minimum blood alcohol levels for driving. Industry funds research in these 'dangerous consumptions' as a public relations tool, so that it can claim 'corporate responsibility'. On the rare occasions when publication is considered appropriate, full disclosure of the financial and other support should be provided, as well as the opportunity for others to comment.

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