The drinks industry is self regulated by the Portman Group. Their Chief Executive, David Poley was recently quoted as saying “There’s no reason really to suppose that these drinks don’t have a market amongst  responsible adult drinkers. Yes, they are also consumed by people with alcohol dependency problems – that does not necessarily mean they are irresponsibly sold”.

Caught between Thames Reach and the Portman Group are the individuals whose lives this is about.

I visited Thames Reach’s specialist ‘wet’ hostel, Graham House, on numerous occasions over a four month period, and got to know some of the residents. I was curious as to whether they supported Thames Reach’s campaign.  

The response I got would suggest that for Thames Reach to succeed, they not only have to battle the drinks industry but also many of their own clients.


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