Commentary: Knowledge is power, and power needs knowledge

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title Commentary: Knowledge is power, and power needs knowledge
 
Creator Sulkunen, Pekka; University of Helsinki
 
Subject Sociology; public health; alcohol research
conflict of interest; alchol; beer; brewers; Europe
 
Description Sulkunen, P. (2016). Commentary: Knowledge is power, and power needs knowledge. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 5(1), 11-12. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v5i1.225In the years 2011–2015 I served on the expert committee of the foundation called ERAB, now a public charity, funded by the Brewers of Europe. Our task was to review grant applications to deliver half a million euros per year to research on alcohol consumption. There was no detectable indication that the proposals were biased to please the brewers, and certainly the decisions were not. However, things changed in 2015, when the Secretary General of the Brewers of Europe requested on behalf of the funders that 40% of the grant money should go to research aiming at “a better understanding of the effects of moderate beer consumption on the behaviour and health of individuals and society.” This was unacceptable to all experts on the committee, and the Chair of the Board of ERAB resigned in protest. After a battle between the Brewers and the expert committee, the formulation laid down was “more research on beer.” I could not accept this either, arguing that any external criteria beyond the quality of the proposals undermined the scientific integrity of the selecting experts.
 
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
 
Contributor
 
Date 2016-07-13
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

Essay
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/225
10.7895/ijadr.v5i1.225
 
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Vol 5, No 1 (2016); 11-12
1925-7066
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/225/392
 
Coverage Europe
201-2015
N/A
 
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