Political interference

Political interference, or lobbying, is Big Alcohol’s activity to eliminate or minimize any alcohol policy effort that would threaten sales and profits. The focus of this Dubious 5 strategy is the decision-makers and opinion leaders with the power to shape and decide alcohol policy decisions. Tactics of political interference are delay, derail, or even destroy alcohol policy initiatives, and to divide coalitions supporting alcohol policy initiatives. Big Alcohol is paying lobbyists and lobby front groups to interfere in public health policy making around the world.

Latest cases of Political interference

EU Commission’s World Cancer Day Event Highlights Importance of Tackling Alcohol as Serious Carcinogen

Changing the realities of cancer is one of the main priorities of the European Commission in the health domain. Three years after the ...

Spirits Spain

Collaboration Concerns: Córdoba City Council and Spirits Spain Tackle Alcohol Prevention

City Council of Córdoba has signed a collaboration agreement with Spirits Spain to prevent alcohol consumption in minors and at-risk ...

22 Case Stories of Big Alcohol Misconduct in 2023

In 2023, Movendi International published more than 290 stories on our Alcohol Issues News Center, covering alcohol policy and scientific ...

UK: Big Alcohol Pressures Government to Cut Alcohol Taxes

UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has frozen the alcohol duty in the Autumn Statement, delivering a gift to the alcohol industry ...

UK: Big Alcohol Earns £11bn From Higher Risk Alcohol Use Yearly, Government Action Needed

43.4% of all revenue the alcohol industry earns in the UK comes from higher risk alcohol consumption – i.e. alcohol intake exceeding ...

WHO Europe and IARC Issue Joint Statement to European Parliament on Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge and Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Dr Elisabete ...

Understanding the Barriers to Raising Alcohol Taxes in Nepal

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise in Nepal. Consumption of alcohol and tobacco products remains high. Taxes on these ...

Costa Rica: Alcohol Companies Deliberately Sabotage Marketing Law

The alcohol industry in Costa Rica is violating the law. Alcohol companies are deliberately avoiding to include the mandatory phrase ...

From ICAP to IARD: Exposing the Political Activities of the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking

This study aims to deepen understanding of the alcohol industry’s political activities at the global level. The study enriches ...

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