Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): Selling Alcoholic Beverages is Drug Dealing

Although salt, sugar and vitamin C are all technically drugs, it's deceptive to refer to them as such. However, the DARE program stigmatizes alcoholic beverages as drugs -- technically correct but misleading.

Case in point. Nine-year-old Shaynne Ream came home from her DARE class and asked her father why he sold drugs. He owns a grocery story that sells alcoholic beverages.

DARE is misleading students into equating alcoholic beverages with illegal street drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine. Perhaps that's one reason the program has been found ineffective in reducing drug use, and why it sometimes actually increases it. Once students realize that they've been deceived (or as they would say, lied to), they reject everything the program wants them to believe.


  • Walch, Tad. Provo store drops alcohol, smokes. Daughter's D.A.R.E. program prompts owner to stop sales. Deseret Morning News, September 22, 2007.