Category: Misinformation

Alcohol Ads and Underage Drinking (What Does Science Say?)

alcohol ads and underage drinking

Are alcohol ads and underage drinking related? Can reducing or eliminating alcohol ads on TV reduce underage drinking? Simple solutions to complex issues are always temping. Unfortunately, news reports can mislead if they don’t accurately summarize research findings. Misleading Reporting In reporting the findings of a study1 on the subject, the New York Times failed to …

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Sin Taxes on Alcohol Beverages: What You Need to Know

Taxes on alcohol beverages are often called “sin taxes.” Perhaps that’s a justification for raising them. The news is full of debates about increasing so-called . But what’s sinful about alcoholic beverages? Absolutely nothing. Saint Thomas Aquinas said that no substance is sinful, “but only the misuse of it that makes it so.” Healthful Drinking …

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How Much Does Alcohol Cost Society? You Might be Surprised!

The question “How much does alcohol cost society?” is fairly easy to answer. However, it’s essential to distinguish between drinking in moderation and abusing alcohol. Failure to do so leads to radically different estimates. That’s because drinking in moderation is associated with better health, longer longevity, higher income and other positive benefits. However, alcohol abuse …

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Alcohol Junk Science Promoters & Believers

Alcohol junk science promoters and believers try to influence laws and public policy. For example, the New York State Assembly‘s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse held hearings. It wanted to know whether or not alcohol advertising has an effect on youthful drinking. And, if so, what action the Assembly should take. The Faithful For …

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Government Alcohol Information Erroneous: Consumer Beware

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is the US federal government’s lead alcohol agency. It’s responsible for providing alcohol information to the American public. Because it speaks with federal authority it is essential that its information be clear and accurate. Unfortunately, much of the government alcohol information is erroneous or misleading Alcohol …

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Alcohol-Related and Alcohol-Caused (They’re Not the Same)

People generally confuse alcohol-related and alcohol-caused. In short, all alcohol-caused crashes are alcohol-related. On the other hand, many alcohol-related crashes are not alcohol-caused. Most vehicle crashes do not involve alcohol. Thus, they happen without alcohol. Of crashes that are alcohol-related, many would have occurred without alcohol, And, of course, some accidents would not have occurred …

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Alcohol and Mixed Messages about Drinking

Mixed messages about drinking should be avoided. Alcohol abuse prevention agencies and groups warn us against sending mixed messages. They fear that such messages will confuse people and dilute educational efforts. But what is a mixed message and how can we recognize one? Quiz Do any of these statements send a mixed message? If so, which …

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