Henry Wechsler Refuses to Answer Colleagues

Henry Wechsler has a reputation for publishing widely publicized studies what are often found to be weak, inadequate, or misleading.

Many alcohol abuse prevention researchers would like to question him about his research, conclusions, and assertions in a panel forum at a professional conference where public debate is possible. This is the way scientists typically address such matters. Unfortunately, Mr. Wechsler has consistently refused all such invitations.

Henry Wechsler’s behavior reminds one of a person who responds to congressional investigators with “I refuse to answer on grounds that it may incriminate me.” This isn’t the way science operates.

No scientist has ever paid publicists one million dollars to promote his or her research and then refused to meet with other scientists to answer their questions.


  • Perkins, H. Wesley and Linkenbach, Jeffrey W. Harvard Study of Social norms Deserves “F” Grade for Flawed Research Design. National Social Norms Resource Center, 2003. Can be viewed at Study of Social Norms Deserves “F” Grade