The tobacco industry and the liquor industry have a lot in common. They’re both legally entitled to sell a product which frequently kills the user – and sometimes kills innocent victims as well. Both industries are well aware of the damage done by their industries and both have fought vigorously to avoid taking any responsibility for the death and destruction their products cause.The industry is right to worry that alcohol's now having the same treatment applied to it was was previously applied to tobacco, egged on by the folks eeking out a parasitic existence on levies extracted from alcohol consumers.
...researchers recently gained access to confidential alcohol industry documents (9). These documents identify the top 10 concerns of the liquor industry, not one of which is about the harm caused to consumers by alcohol. Instead, these documents highlight the industry’s fear of being targeted by health reformers and controlled by government in the same way that the tobacco industry has been.
The liquor industry’s contempt for its customers which is displayed in these documents shows how much liquor and tobacco have common. There is no doubt – Big Booze needs to be treated like Big Tobacco. Hopefully, the publicity that Doug Sellman’s speaking tour and the Law Commission’s review will generate will be enough to turn the tide of public opinion.
Article submitted by Roger Brooking, Alcohol and Drug Counsellor.
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It annoys me that I'm paying $0.017803 per litre of beer I purchase to help fund ALAC. I compensate for it by buying only expensive beer so that the percentage price I'm paying to ALAC is smaller. Last night's tipple: Pink Elephant's Golden Tusk. Tasty bitter.