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Alison O’Connor: Call me old fashioned, but I prefer advice from health professionals to that from a group sponsored by the booze industry

Alison O’Connor

Published 11/02/2012 | 05:00

It's a serious case of only in Ireland -- a group funded by our drinks industry objects to a Department of Health report on how to get people to drink less alcohol, and they get a higher billing in the subsequent headlines.

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The booze industry must be thrilled with the money they are pouring into their initiative, MEAS -- the Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society -- which has the aim of getting Irish people to "respect" alcohol more.

MEAS has reason to crack open some bubbly in celebration after the masterstroke of successfully hogging the limelight surrounding the launch of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group report. They got as much, if not more, exposure than the people who we, as the taxpayer, fund to actually look after our health.

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