Category: Neo-prohibition

Anti-Alcohol Sentiment: “The Atlantic” Has It

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The following article by Dr. Alex Berezow. It’s reprinted by permission of the American Council on Science and Health. In it, he points out fallacies of an Atlantic anti-alcohol article.   Completely banning alcohol would only prevent about 3.5% of cancer deaths. That, of course, means the other 96.5% of fatal cancers are caused by things other …

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Dietary Guidelines: Temperance Dogma Doesn’t Belong

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Government dietary guidelines must be be reasonable and based on science. Imagine you’re at a friend’s party. You finish nursing your first beer and casually reach for a second. Everyone stops and stares. Your friends start whispering to themselves. They wonder if they should stage an intervention. Ridiculous and unjustified, right? Wrong! At least according …

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Mississippi is a Dry State Although Very Slowly Changing

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Mississippi was a dry state long before National Prohibition began in 1920. And it was also the first state to ratify National Prohibition. Upon Repeal in 1933, it kept its own state-wide prohibition. Later, it “reaffirmed prohibition.” Thus the state has a very long and strong temperance tradition.  So we can say that Mississippi is a …

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Swedish Experience with Alcohol: We Should Learn from Sweden

Frank Ward has lived in Sweden for decades. He has seen the the Swedish experience with alcohol up close. Here he reflects on the changes he has witnessed over time.1 He points out that “During my lifetime I have followed one nation’s progress from near-prohibition to a more tolerant approach. When I arrived in Stockholm in …

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Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (Its Goals)

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The American Medical Association (AMA) formed the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AOD). Alcohol Abstinence The AMA first passed a resolution supporting abstinence from alcohol even before National Prohibition began in 1920. It continues to support it to this day. Moderate alcohol consumption is linked with better health and  longer life. That’s in …

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Anti-Alcohol Industry 101: The Neo-Temperance Movement

Most people are completely unaware that an enormous and well-funded anti-alcohol industry exists in the U.S. It’s a large number of interrelated organizations, groups and individual activists. They’re opposed in some way to alcohol drinking. Some want to return to Prohibition. But most want to reduce average consumption to lower and lower levels. They think …

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Current Anti-Alcohol Activists: Prohibition Drip by Drip

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21st Century anti-alcohol activists want to vilify responsible drinking. by John Doyle Over 80 years ago, states began voting to ratify the 21st Amendment. That marked an important milestone on the road to ending National Prohibition. But a subtler and more insidious movement is now using a back-door approach to de-legitimize social drinking. Some people …

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Neo-Prohibitionists in the U.S.: Learn Their Goals & Methods

Neo-prohibitionists aren’t new and and they’re all around us. In fact, almost one in five American adults today favors outlawing drinking. That is, they’re not neo-prohibitionists but prohibitionists! Not even National Prohibition outlawed drinking. For example, it generally prohibited making, transporting, and selling beverage alcohol. But it didn’t prohibit either buying or drinking it. Indeed, …

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Deceptive Alcohol Statistics: How They Do It

Deceptive Alcohol Statistics Deceptive alcohol statistics are everywhere. But if you understand how people deceive us, you’re less likely to be fooled. Let’s start by looking at some statements. Which is, or are, true? College student drinking is increasing. The rate of alcohol-related traffic crashes is going up. Alcohol advertising causes young people to begin …

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