Exclusive: Dr Saul Newman says public money is used to subsidise an industry with ‘devastating effects on global health’

A former research fellow with Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, has accused the organisation of pro-alcohol research and of ignoring “the contradiction of health and viticulture departments sharing the public purse”.

In a comment piece published in the medical journal The Lancet, Dr Saul Newman wrote that field trials and breeding programs delivered new varieties of hops, vines, cider apples and malting barleys on a national scale in government labs with public money. But given the cost of alcohol-related harms, there was little benefit to this research, he argued.

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