Jeff Collin: The alcohol industry, health policy and conflicts of interest

Visiting expert Jeff Collin, Professor of Global Health Policy at The University of Edinburgh, believes that we need to tackle the commercial determinants of ill health – the global industrial epidemics driven by unhealthy commodity producers of alcohol, tobacco and ultra-processed food and drink. Conflict of interest is, therefore, central to understanding and preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and developing effective policy responses to this burden.

In a seminar hosted by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and the Heart Foundation and held in Canberra on 23 March 2016, Professor Collin explores the issues of conflicts of interest between public health objectives and the economic goals of key industries, the tensions that emerge, and the global expansion of the alcohol industry and commitments to partnerships in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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