Online Program

Influence of industry actions to increase availability of alcoholic beverages in the African Region

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Thomas Babor, PhD, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT
Katherine Robaina, MPH, Department of Community Medicine & Health Care, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
The global alcohol industry has intensified its activities in the African region, through their funding of trade associations, social aspect organizations, publications, policy workshops, and other corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. Marketing, product design, and the development of industry-civil society partnerships have increased. There is evidence that the alcohol industry also engages in lobbying and legal action to thwart effective public health measures. These CSR activities have provided a vehicle to promote industry-favorable policies and increase the physical, economic, social and psychological availability of alcohol.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Assess the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility activities on alcohol use and alcohol-related problems in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My research interests include alcohol and drug policy. I have worked as an advisor to the African Regional Office of the World Health Organization on alcohol marketing practices in Africa. I coauthored a book published by Oxford University Press (Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity - Research and Public Policy), which won first prize in the public health category of the British Medical Association's 2004 medical book competition.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.