” The Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation (ABMRF) is a nonprofit independent research organization that provides support for scientific studies on the use and prevention of misuse of alcohol.”
Founded in 1982, ABMRF is primarily funded by the brewing industries of the U.S. and Canada. (http://www.abmrf.org/faq.htm#_1._General_Information; accessed 8/8/07)
Board of Trustees members with industry ties:
- Jeffrey Becker, President, The Beer Institute
- Howard W. Collins, President & CEO, The Brewers of Canada
- Anthony J. Cutaia, Ph.D., Director, Office of Health Issues and Brewing Technical Services (retired), Anheuser-Busch
- Craig A. Purser, President, National Beer Wholesalers Association
- John Sleeman, Chairman, President and CEO, Sleeman Breweries Limited
- Alan R. Timothy, Vice President Public Affairs, Coors Brewing Co.
( http://www.abmrf.org/trustees.htm/; accessed 8/7/07)
According to the Aug. 3, 2007 edition of Alcohol Issues INSIGHTS, an industry newsletter, "most of the Foundation's $2.3 million budget funds biomedical and behavioral research into the interactions of alcohol and health. Over the last 25 years, ABMRF has funded over 450 investigators who published over 1,750 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. During that same time, funding for research and conferences reached nearly $39 million."