Letters Under the influence

Demonising the alcohol industry doesn’t lead to effective public health policy

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1401 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1401
  1. Stephen Black, management consultant1
  1. 1PA Consulting, London SW1W 9SR, UK
  1. steve.black{at}paconsulting.com

I’m worried about the way the debate on alcohol pricing is being conducted. We seem to have adopted a Manichean worldview, where gallant public health scientists fight an industry that wields enormous power over government and cares not for the health of its customers. This attitude will not lead to good public health policies.

Gornall’s desire to rubbish any criticism of minimal pricing makes him confuse important political and moral …

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