Alcohol industry

The alcohol industry, also known by public health activists as Big Alcohol,[1] 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.[2] The alcohol industry has also been criticised for being unhelpful in reducing the harm of alcohol.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] The alcohol industry has been accused of exaggerating the health benefits of alcohol which is regarded as a potentially dangerous recreational drug with potentially serious adverse effects on health.[7]

Since ethanol was classified as Class I carcinogen and there is no safe dose of alcohol; the alcohol industry is considered one of main contributor to formation of civilization or lifestyle diseases. The alcohol industry has tried to actively mislead the public about the risk of cancer due to alcohol consumption,[8] in addition to campaigning to remove laws that require alcoholic beverages to have cancer warning labels.[9]

See also


  1. "Big Alcohol Myths". IOGT International. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. DeJong, W.; Wallack, L. (1992). "The role of designated driver programs in the prevention of alcohol-impaired driving: a critical reassessment". Health Education Quarterly. 19 (4): 429–42, discussion 443–5. doi:10.1177/109019819201900407. PMID 1452445.
  3. 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.
  4. Room, R.; Jernigan, D. (Dec 2000). "The ambiguous role of alcohol in economic and social development". Addiction. 95 Suppl 4 (12s4): S523–35. doi:10.1046/j.1360-0443.95.12s4.6.x. PMID 11218349.
  5. Anderson, P. (May 2009). "Global alcohol policy and the alcohol industry". Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 22 (3): 253–7. doi:10.1097/YCO.0b013e328329ed75. PMID 19262384.
  6. 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.
  7. Sellman, D.; Connor, J.; Robinson, G.; Jackson, R. (2009). "Alcohol cardio-protection has been talked up". New Zealand Medical Journal. 122 (1303): 97–101. PMID 19851424.
  8. Petticrew M, Maani Hessari N, Knai C, Weiderpass E, et al. (September 2017). "How alcohol industry organisations mislead the public about alcohol and cancer". Drug and Alcohol Review [Epub ahead of print]. 37 (3): 293–303. doi:10.1111/dar.12596. PMID 28881410.
  9. Chaudhuri, Saabira (9 February 2018). "Lawmakers, Alcohol Industry Tussle Over Cancer Labels on Booze". The Wall Street Journal.
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