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Susanne MacGregor

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 36: Public Health Approaches to Substance Use: A Critique

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Public Health Approaches to Substance Use: A Critique
Public health approaches to substance use: a critique
Susanne MacGregor
Introduction

At Christmas 2014, representatives of leading doctors, public health campaigners and health charities wrote to a British national newspaper calling for a ban on alcohol firms sponsoring football clubs and other sports events. Signatories to the letter included the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Anaesthetists, Nursing and Psychiatrists and the College of Emergency Medicine, along with 30 others. Their letter said ‘It would be considered outrageous if high profile clubs like Everton or Celtic were to become brand ambassadors for tobacco and so why is it acceptable for alcohol?’ (The Guardian, 26 December 2014). Reports noted that France has banned alcohol sponsorship of sport ...

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