A poem in honour of the 'industry groups' lobbying the UN Summit on non-communicable diseases 
THE SEVEN AGES OF ALCOHOL (adapted from Shakespeare).
The INFANT, with physical and mental development stunted by foetal
The SCHOOLCHILD, exposed to maltreatment by drunken adults;
The LOVER, risking rape and sexually transmitted infections when
The SOLDIER, growing dependent while trying to mask past trauma with
The JUSTICE, grown fat licensing more and more outlets for sales;
The SHRUNKEN SHANKS of shambling neuropathy and myopathy;
The OBLIVION of alcoholic dementia.
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Competing interests: Researcher on alcohol and health.