Alison Douglas: David v Goliath - Lessons from Minimum Unit Pricing in Scotland

November 19, 2017

In the ten years since the concept of minimum unit pricing (MUP) was first mooted in Scotland, it has gone from being perceived as an extreme proposal by public health advocates to a mainstream policy with widespread public and political support. In 2012, MUP legislation was passed unopposed in the Scottish Parliament. Despite losing the policy argument, global alcohol producers continued to oppose this life-saving measure, challenging its legality.

In this video interview with Alison Douglas, Chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, shares about her Global Alcohol Policy Conference presentation, David v Goliath: Lessons from Minimum Pricing in Scotland. Ms Douglas gives us an ex-government insider’s view of how MUP became accepted as a proportionate and appropriate response to the alcohol problem in Scotland, and the role of advocacy organisations in achieving this.

Ms Douglas also highlighted the critical role small advocacy organisations, such as Alcohol Focus Scotland, can play in strengthening the case for intervention going forward.

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Professor Antonia Lyons discusses young people and alcohol marketing on social media

November 19, 2017

Professor Antonia Lyons from Massey University (NZ) explores why and how the alcohol industry are reaching underage drinkers online.

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Jeff Collin: The alcohol industry, unhealthy commodity producers and health governance

November 19, 2017

At the 2017 Global Alcohol Policy Conference (GAPC) in Melbourne, Professor Jeff Collin explored the links between the world’s leading alcohol producers and manufacturers of tobacco and ultra-processed food products, political elites and health and development agencies.

Jeff Collin PhD is a professor of global health policy in the Global Public Health Unit, School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  A political scientist, his research focuses on global health governance and strategies used by unhealthy commodity industries to influence public policy.

In this short video, filmed at GAPC 2017, Professor Collin unpacks the expansion of unhealthy commodity industries, how the alcohol industry is inextricably linked to other industries, and how public health can respond to these effectively at national and international levels.

Professor Collin questions why governments are prepared to take decisive action to regulate the tobacco industry and exclude them from policy making, yet so often view the alcohol industry as a potential ‘partner in progress’.

Professor Collin explains that what underpins the success of tobacco control in Australia and internationally, is taking conflict of interest seriously – by recognising that there are very powerful commercial interests who are actively looking to undermine the development of effective health policies that would reduce their profits.

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Dr Adrian Griscti discusses wine access, consumption, and risk knowledge in a wine producing region

November 19, 2017

In the Global Alcohol Policy Conference, Dr Adrian Griscti, a rural GP from Angaston in the Barossa Valley, South Australia, and a clinical educator at Flinders University and Adelaide University, presented research that explored the associations between wine industry affiliation, availability of free or discounted alcohol, understanding of National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines, and alcohol consumption.

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Peter Miller shares insights from his GAPC2017 workshop

November 19, 2017

Professor Peter Miller of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies, School of Psychology, Deakin University, shares at GAPC2017 about his workshop 'Vested Interests and Alcohol industry Corporate Political behaviour'.

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Issah Ali shares insights from his GAPC2017 presentation

November 19, 2017

Issah Ali, Executive Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) in Ghana, discusses the call for stronger national focus on alcohol prevention strategies in Ghana.

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Louise Gray shares insights from her GAPC2017 presentation

November 19, 2017

At GAPC2017, Louise Gray, Executive Officer and Chairperson of the National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFASD), shares with us the success and frustrations to improving information, understanding and awareness on FASD in Australia.

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Hannah Pierce shares insights from her GAPC2017 presentation

November 19, 2017

At GAPC2017, Hannah Pierce, an Information and Research officer at McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCCAY) in Australia discusses how Australia rely on industry self-regulation despite little evidence of its effectiveness.

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Colin Shevills shares insights from his GAPC2017 presentation

November 19, 2017

At GAPC2017, Colin Shevills, Director of Balance: The North East Alcohol Office in Durham in the United Kingdom, shares with us how emotion is key to overcoming barriers to introduce effective alcohol policy.

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Julia Stafford shares insights from her GAPC2017 presentation

November 19, 2017

At GAPC2017, Julia Stafford, Executive Officer of the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth (MCAAY) in Australia, discusses how the Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice is allowing children to be exposed to alcohol advertising.

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