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Welcome to the Alcohol Portal on Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR

Current Worldwide Alcohol Consumption Among Adults, "ChartsBin Statistics Collector" Accessed 3rd October 2011 [1]
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Welcome to the Powerbase Alcohol Portal, a guide to the alcohol industry's lobbying and spin.

The range of problems associated with alcohol underlines why governance and policy is so important to public health in this area and to our society. We examine governance processes and reveal the links between the alcohol industry and public policymakers, and the industry's relationships with the media and scientists. We also review current research and debates and examine the fragmented framework of multi-level structures that govern alcohol to help us assess industry involvement in public health policy circles. Our overriding aim is to highlight relationships between elected and non-elected actors in this field.

A key focus is the Alcohol Industry and those who work for it. In particular we aim to uncover the links with Alcohol Lobby Groups and Alcohol Lobbyists and PR people. We examine the often poorly funded Alcohol NGOs, which struggle to raise public health issues against the plethora of Alcohol Policy Groups and covertly industry funded Alcohol Front Groups. Lastly we look at the science of alcohol and the role played by Alcohol Science and Scientists in the policy process.

See our A-Z of pages on Alcohol here.

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The Editor of the Alcohol Portal is Claire Harkins claire.harkins AT
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Alcohol Facts and Figures

  • Alcohol causes nearly 1 in 10 of all ill-health and premature death in Europe [2]
  • Since 1980 there has been a 240% increase in alcohol-related deaths in Scotland [3]
  • People from the most deprived areas in Scotland are three times more likely to be admitted to hospital with alcohol related issues and seven times more likely to die from them than those from the most affluent areas [4]
  • According to Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems “Between 1980 and 2005 the price of alcohol increased by 22% more than prices generally. However because disposable income has increased by 97% in real terms (Between 1980 and 2005), alcohol was 62% more affordable in 2005 than in 1980” [5]
  • 45% of Scotland prison population claim to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time they committed their offence [6]
  • In 2006, UK alcohol drinks advertisers spent £194m advertising their products on television, radio, press, outdoor and cinema


Alcohol Policy Issues

  • The relationship between price and consumption
  • Industry involvement in public health, policy development and implementation
  • Industry involvement in science and research
  • Individual Vs population level controls
  • Contested definitions of "binge" drinking
  • The alcohol lobby
  • The alcohol industry and the revolving door
  • Alcohol industry and the media


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References and Resources

  1. ChartsBin statistics collector team 2011, Current Worldwide Alcohol Consumption Among Adults,, viewed 3rd October, 2011, <>.
  2. Peter Anderson, Five Facts About Alcohol & Health EUROCARE accessed 12 November 2008
  3. Health Scotland (n.d.) Alcohol: Background & Policy Information, accessed 14th January 2008
  4. Health Scotland (n.d.) Alcohol: Background & Policy Information, accessed 14 January 2008
  5. SHAAP Alcohol, Price, Policy & Public Health (2007:11) accessed March 2008
  6. Scottish Government Changing Scotland's relationship with alcohol: a discussion paper accessed January 2008
  7. Ofcom, November 2007 Young People and Alcohol Advertising accessed January 2008

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