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Charity funding study brings alcohol industry influence on UK policy into question
Date:6/13/2014

drugs, and received 25% of its income from spirit producer Diageo in 2008/09.

In addition to Addaction and Mentor UK, three other charities - Drinkaware, The Robertson Trust and British Institute of Innkeeping were also found to have received almost all their income from the alcohol industry or from people working in the industry and have senior alcohol industry figures as trustees.

The authors say the limitations of the study include the confidentiality of some donors in annual reports and accounts, as it is not a legal requirement for charities to disclose all funding sources in annual reports.

Dr Jim McCambridge explains: "There could be much more industry funding of alcohol charities than we uncovered in our study as charities are not required to declare all funding sources. Charities operating in alcohol or other policy arenas should be required to declare any possible conflicts of interest from funding sources, to ensure greater transparency."

Addaction, which works with people addicted to drink and drugs, has received 1m from Asda and 560,000 from Heineken during the past three years. Mentor UK, which works to prevent alcohol-related harm among children, accepted 421,000 between 2008-09 and 2012-13, and a further 100,000 since. That included 371,000 from the drinks company Diageo and 100,000 from two trusts funded by profits from sales of alcohol.


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