Vested Interests in Addiction Research and Policy. Alcohol Industry Use of Social Aspect Public Relations Organizations Against Preventative Health Measures
Miller, Peter G
de Groot, Florentine
Addiction (Abingdon, England) 2011 Sep; 106(9): 1560-7
It has been proposed that alcohol industry 'social aspects/public relations' organizations (SAPROs) serve the agenda of lending credibility to industry claims of corporate responsibility while promoting ineffective industry-friendly interventions (such as school-based education or TV advertising campaigns) and creating doubt about interventions which have a strong evidence base (such as higher taxes on alcoholic beverages). This paper investigated whether submissions to Australia's National Preventative Health Taskforce (NPHT) from alcohol industry bodies regarding the Australian SAPRO, Drinkwise, have used this organization to demonstrate corporate responsibility while promoting industry-friendly interventions.
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