Exposing Big Alcohol Arguments During the Coronavirus Crisis

Posted on August 28, 2020 in Asia-Pacific, Asia-Pacific

In an effort to limit the impact of alcohol on the Western Australian (WA) health system during the coronavirus disease (COVID‐19) pandemic, the WA Government introduced temporary restrictions on takeaway alcohol purchases for several weeks in March and April 2020. In response, alcohol industry representatives encouraged the WA Government to remove the restrictions and replace them with a voluntary alcohol industry initiative.
The researchers identify five categories of alcohol industry interference.
The alcohol industry’s response to the COVID‐19 restrictions in Australia provides a unique case study of how the alcohol industry attempts to interfere in public health policy. While the example is from a specific time period and unprecedented circumstances, it contributes to the existing evidence base of how the alcohol industry frames public discussion of health policy.

Alcohol Industry Lobbyism, Alcohol Industry Policy Interference, BigAlcoholExposed, CDoH, Conflict Of Interest, COVID-19, Science, Self-Regulation
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