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24 February, 2024

Yesterday I sent a message [URL below] to HIFA saying that a UK alcohol charity 'actually encourages heavy drinkers to continue drinking'. As described in the rest of the message, this observation was based on my test of their online drinking check tool, whereby I posed as if I were a drinker of two large glasses of wine daily. I withdraw the above comment and replace the wording with 'on the basis of my observation, appears to encourage heavy drinkers to continue drinking. This needs to be confirmed by others in case I have somehow made an error'. I do not yet have confirmation on this. I encourage HIFA members to do the test themselves and let us know the result.

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: