NIH sought donations from alcohol industry for study on moderate drinking: Report


Beer is a good thing. Too much beer is a bad thing. Crony booze is a bad thing.

(From The Washington Examiner)

Scientists and officials from the National Institutes of Health worked to solicit donations from the alcohol industry for a study they said would likely conclude that moderate drinking is healthy, according to a new report.

The report said that presentations by NIH officials gave the alcohol industry an opportunity to look at how the studies were being designed and to see who was conducting the investigation.

The findings come from a New York Times review of emails from agency officials, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The eventual donations, which occurred under the Obama administration, went to the Foundation for the NIH, a nongovernmental entity that raises money for the agency. The $100 million study was largely funded by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Heineken, Diageo, Pernod Ricard, and Carlsberg, five of the largest alcohol manufacturers.

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