Alcohol Abuse Statistics: A Report

"A campus rape is reported every 21 hours, which translates into 6,000 rapes each year."

Notice anything strange about that statement? If a campus rape is reported slightly over once every day, how can that possibly translate into 6,000 rapes per year? It obviously can't. It equals 417, not 6,000. That's 417 too many rapes, but it's clearly not 6,000.

"Alcohol is implicated in 90% of all campus rapes."

This is a most distressing statistic. If alcohol is implicated in nine out of every ten campus rapes, then doing something drastic must be done.

But relax. This is another completely bogus figure.

"60% of all college women diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease were drunk at the time of infection."

This is a most disturbing statistic and implies that strong action needs to be taken...and the sooner the better.

But wait. This, too, is yet another false "fact."

Raising More Voices than Mugs is the source of these bogus statistics and more. The document is filled from cover to cover with deceptive and misleading assertions in addition to totally incorrect and inflated statistics.

What's both disturbing but true is the fact that this document is published by the federal government with tax-payers' money.

Readers of the document are urged to use its statistics and assertions to "protest" and to "fight" for an anti-alcohol agenda. Appendix A, consisting of commonly-made arguments against anti-alcohol proposals along with suggested rebuttals, reflects hostility and disregard for the constitutional rights of other citizens.

This book is so full of consistently erroneous, deceptive and misleading assertions that, at the very least, it should no longer be distributed.

It's illegal for federal agencies to engage in political activities but the U.S. Department of Education apparently tries to skirt this prohibition by instructing others on how to do its bidding. Perhaps it's time for the General Accounting Office (GAO) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate this apparently illegal misuse of tax monies

Readings

  • Advocacy Institute. Raising More Voices Than Mugs: Changing the College Alcohol Environment Through Media Advocacy. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, n.d. This publication is funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Drug Prevention Programs in Higher Education, U.S. Department of Educaion and is distributed by the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Education of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Brignell, J. Sorry, Wrong Number!: The Abuse of Measurement. London, england: Brignell Asociates, 2000.
  • Huff, D. How To Lie With Statistics. New Yorrk: Norton, 1993.
  • Milloy, S. Science Without Sense. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 1995.
  • Milloy, S. Junk Science Judo. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2001.

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