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WHO Director: Big Alcohol is Serious Threat to Global Health

7 juli 2013

WHO Director: Big Alcohol is Serious Threat to Global Health World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan recently declared Big Alcohol one of the most serious challenges to public health in an address to the 2013 Global Conference on Health Promotion.

With a reminder that noncommunicable diseases have overtaken infectious diseases as the leading cause of death worldwide, Margaret Chan pointed to Big Business as one of the most serious challenges to overcoming these problems: “It is not just Big Tobacco anymore. Public health must also contend with Big Food, Big Soda, and Big Alcohol. All of these industries fear regulation, and protect themselves by using the same tactics.”

Chan also noted corporate use of front groups, lobbyists, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits, and industry-funded research that “confuses the evidence and keeps the public in doubt," along with the use of gifts, grants, and contributions that falsely cast industry as respectable corporate citizens.

Bron: alcoholjustice.org.

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