The International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the global public health issue of harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking. Harmful drinking is a priority in its own right, as reflected in the Sustainable Development Goal target 3.4 and WHO’s Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol. Governments also have addressed harmful drinking as one of the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) though instruments such as the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs and the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs.
As a global public health NGO, we partner with public, civil society, and private stakeholders to advance our mission of contributing to the reduction of harmful drinking and promoting responsible drinking worldwide. We support the target in the WHO NCD Global Monitoring Framework of “at least 10% relative reduction in the harmful use of alcohol” by 2025.
IARD is supported by its Member Companies from all sectors of the alcohol industry – beer, wine, and spirits – in their common purpose of being part of the solution to the harmful use of alcohol.
We believe that alcohol has a legitimate role in society when enjoyed responsibly by those who choose to drink. While alcohol is a normal part of an enjoyable life for millions if not billions of people, for a minority of people, alcohol is associated with harm. And harmful drinking is a problem that requires new insight, urgent action, and open dialogue. We believe that collaboration amongst governments, producers, retailers, consumers, and civil society is essential to address this problem.
IARD continues to work with other civil society organizations in support of the UN Global Compact, and remains committed to its principles. IARD actively promotes several of the Global Compact principles through our many worldwide activities.
In addition, IARD’s predecessor organization, The International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), is recognized by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) as a nongovernmental organization in special consultative status. NGOs with specific competence in fields of activity covered by ECOSOC may be granted special consultative status as a way to contribute to the work of ECOSOC and its many subsidiary bodies.
Our organization is a Signatory to The Dublin Principles, which represent a foundational step toward defining the ethical issues surrounding collaboration among researchers, public health, the beverage alcohol industry, and others. Adopted by consensus by an international group of experts in 1997, these principles provide a framework for cooperation, while at the same time safeguarding transparency.
IARD’s research program is governed by a set of General Principles for Research. Intellectual integrity and freedom of inquiry guide the work of all researchers collaborating with IARD, who are free to publish and otherwise disseminate the results of their work. They are encouraged to disclose any IARD funding received.
The Statement of Principles by the IARD sponsor companies clearly delineates the relationships between industry members and IARD’s research activities. Adopted by all IARD Member Companies, these principles are intended to help maintain the independence of the research program from industry influence, perceived or otherwise.
The cooperative efforts that characterize much of IARD’s work are governed by guidelines that are designed to ensure the independence of all partners and to safeguard transparency.