Response to WHO Proposed Global Alcohol Plan 2022-2030

Matt Lambert, CEO of the Portman Group, the social responsibility and regulatory body for alcohol in the UK, commented:

We are extremely concerned by the WHO calling on countries to prevent drinking among women of childbearing age in their latest action plan. As well as being sexist and paternalistic, and potentially restricting the freedoms of most women, it goes well beyond their remit and is not rooted in science. It is wrong to scaremonger in this irresponsible way and associate women’s alcohol-related risks with those of children and pregnant people.”

We had an incredible response to this story with coverage all over the world, with a total of 29 international stories including in the USA, Ireland and Australia. In the UK our quote was used in all of the nationals, with four papers covering this on their front pages.