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To Address Over-Consumption, Policy Changes Are Required

by Bidita Debnath on April 2, 2017 at 6:04 PM
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 To Address Over-Consumption, Policy Changes Are Required

Although the major objective of the liquor, food and associated industries is to optimise profits - to sell as much food and alcohol as possible - their success can create serious health risks and burdens for consumers.

A new review notes that in Australia, government officials have a responsibility to protect and promote the health of citizens, which may involve intervening to maintain a balance between actions that support commercial growth and development and the health and welfare of individuals.

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They have largely failed in these responsibilities with regard to alcohol, as well as overweight and obesity.

"Solutions to this impasse are only possible if APSAD [Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs] and other relevant organisations and individuals are active professionally and politically as leaders and advocates for evidence-based actions by both governments and commercial groups," wrote Prof. James Rankin, author of the Drug and Alcohol Review article.

Source: Eurekalert
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