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*Claire Smith, 10th May 2012, The Scotsman [http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/food-and-drink/features/diageo-issues-apology-to-brewdog-following-bar-awards-debacle-1-2284387 Diageo issues apology to Brewdog following bar awards debacle] 
*Leo Hickman, 6th May 2012, The Guardian [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/06/diageo-end-funding-heartland-institute?newsfeed=true Diageo to end funding of Heartland Institute after climate change outburst]
*Leo Hickman, 6th May 2012, The Guardian [http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/may/06/diageo-end-funding-heartland-institute?newsfeed=true Diageo to end funding of Heartland Institute after climate change outburst]
*BBC News, 10th May 2010, [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18017540 Brazil Senate approves controversial World Cup law]
*Lucy Britner, 13th February 2012, [http://www.drinksint.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/2737?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed WSTA: Scrap alcohol tax hike to give businesses an Olympic boost], ''Drinks International''
*Lucy Britner, 13th February 2012, [http://www.drinksint.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/2737?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed WSTA: Scrap alcohol tax hike to give businesses an Olympic boost], ''Drinks International''
*Eurocare, 13th February 2012, [http://www.eurocare.org/library/eurocare_updates/european_commission_says_minimum_pricing_on_alcohol_is_not_impossible European Commission says minimum pricing on alcohol is not impossible]
*Eurocare, 13th February 2012, [http://www.eurocare.org/library/eurocare_updates/european_commission_says_minimum_pricing_on_alcohol_is_not_impossible European Commission says minimum pricing on alcohol is not impossible]

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Welcome to the Alcohol Portal on Powerbase

Current Worldwide Alcohol Consumption Among Adults, "ChartsBin Statistics Collector" Accessed 3rd October 2011 [1]
Alcohol badge.jpg This article is part of the Spinwatch public health oriented Alcohol Portal project.
Welcome to the Powerbase— Alcohol Portal, a guide to the activities of the alcohol industry and associated topics.

The alcohol portal aims to examine governance processes in the area of alcohol and public policy. The range of problems associated with alcohol within society demonstrates why governance and policy is so important to public health in this area and to society more generally. The portal aims to make connections between the alcohol industry, public policy makers and their relationships with the media, scientists and current research and debates within the field. The fragmented nature of the framework of the multi-level governance structures that govern alcohol are also outlined in order to assess alcohol industry involvement within public health policy circles. The overriding aim of this portal is to highlight relationships between elected and non-elected actors within this field.

You can see all pages on Alcohol here. The portal focuses in large part on the most important policy actor - the Alcohol Industry and its personnel, and in particular tries to uncover the links between the industry, Alcohol Lobby Groupsand Alcohol Lobbyists and PR people. We also focus on the Alcohol NGO's. Often poorly funded and struggling to raise public health issues against the plethora of other Alcohol Policy Groups and indeed the often covertly industry funded Alcohol Front Groups. Lastly we also focus on the science of alcohol and examine the role that Alcohol Science and Scientists play in the policy process.

Powerbase has a policy of strict referencing and is overseen by a Managing editor and a Sysop and several Associate Portal editors. The Editor of the Alcohol Portal is Claire Harkins claire.harkins AT powerbase.info.

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Booze in the News
Priority pages on Alcohol
Priority Companies
:Just how big are these corporations? At least two are still owned by the founding families. Do all of these firms engage in high level lobbying? Would love to know!

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


There are a list of categories associated with this page:

Recent changes to pages on Alcohol on Powerbase

References and Resources

  1. ChartsBin statistics collector team 2011, Current Worldwide Alcohol Consumption Among Adults, ChartsBin.com, viewed 3rd October, 2011, <http://chartsbin.com/view/1016>.
  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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