Family Friendly = No Alcohol
Family friendly events involve no alcohol consumption or possession in the view of the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Problems.
Apparently there are no Jews, Italian-Americans, Greek-Americans, French-Americans, German-American-Americans, Spanish-Americans or Portuguese-Americans on the staff of the anti-alcohol organization. In these groups young people typically learn how to drink within the safe environment of the family and they do so from an early age. And these groups are characterized by low rates of drinking problems because of their healthy attitudes toward beverage alcohol.
But the Marin Institute calls for laws prohibiting parents from serving their children alcohol beverages within their own private homes for religious, cultural or other reasons. It does this in spite of the fact that federally-funded research has demonstrated that young people who drink with their parents are less likely to drink elsewhere or to have alcohol problems.
The Marin Institute promotes the idea that individuals are helpless and not responsible for their own behavior. Therefore, it promotes “environmental prevention” to reduce the availability and consumption of alcohol. The last major experiment with environmental prevention was National Prohibition, which was imposed from 1920 through 1933.
The Marin Institute calls for alcohol prevention rather than for alcohol abuse prevention. In reality, it seeks to prevent alcohol or its availability.
The temperance group even calls for its neo-prohibition program as a way to create a dry, supportive environment to decrease the risk of relapse among alcoholics. Society is responsible for the behavior of alcoholics, at least in the view of the activists at the Marin Institute.
The Marin Institute has its own preferred terminology:
- alcohol-free instead of non-alcohol
- positive choices about alcohol instead of decisions not to drink
- environmental prevention instead of neo-prohibition
It’s clear that the Marin Institute has a temperance agenda.
- Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems. Solutions to Community Alcohol Problems: A Roadmap for Environmental Prevention. San Rafael, CA: Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems, 2005; Foley, Kristie Long, et al. Adults’ approval and adolescents’ alcohol use. Journal of Adolescent Healthy, 2004, 35(4), 345-346; Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems web site.