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Alcohol charities may be influenced by funding from industry, research shows

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4042 (Published 17 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4042
  1. Jonathan Gornall
  1. 1London

A decision by two charities not to quit the government’s responsibility deal alcohol network last year after Prime Minister David Cameron reneged on a commitment to introduce minimum unit pricing may have been influenced by large donations from the drinks industry, says a paper published in the European Journal of Public Health. The charities have strenuously denied the suggestion.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine set out to explore whether relationships between the alcohol industry and UK charities “may be used as a method of influencing alcohol policy.” They singled out the drugs and alcohol charities Mentor …

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