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Divorce public health from alcohol industry

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Multinational food and alcohol industries use similar strategies to the tobacco industry, to undermine public health policies, a paper published in The Lancet claims.

The Australian study identifies strategies employed such as biasing funding research. It concludes articles sponsored by food and drinks companies are up to eight times more likely to be favourable to the interests of the sponsoring company than those not sponsored.Royal College of Physicians' special adviser on alcohol Sir Ian Gilmore said: 'Any government serious about public health should divorce its public health activities from industry involvement.'

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