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Public health adviser quits over new drink awareness campaign

Public health adviser quits over new drink awareness campaign

A leading adviser to the Government’s public health agency has left his role over a new drinking awareness campaign which involves the alcohol industry.

Public Health England (PHE) launched the Drink Free Days campaign this week alongside Drinkaware – a trust “funded largely by voluntary and unrestricted donations from UK alcohol producers, retailers and supermarkets”.

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore and Professor John Britton, who are senior advisers to PHE on alcohol and tobacco said their roles have been “undermined”. Professor Gilmore is said to have left his role while Professor Britton will follow suit unless PHE change their course.

In a letter to the Times, the pair claimed that PHE had failed to learn lessons from the industry using voluntary agreements and other partnerships with health bodies to “undermine, water down or otherwise neutralise policies to reduce consumption”.

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