Category: Policy

Alcohol Guidelines Fail: Self-Underreporting Is Usual

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Federal alcohol guidelines fail. That is, they’re too low. That’s because most people greatly under report their alcohol drinking. Suppose a study shows a medical problem may occur if people report drinking four drinks per day. That really means that the problem might occur if they have five, six, or many more drinks daily. The …

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To-Go Alcohol and Drunk Driving Deaths: Is There a Link?

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Are to-go alcohol and drunk driving deaths linked? That’s a very important important question. A researcher decided to find out. Discover here what he found. I. Introduction To-go alcoholic beverage may be for curbside or delivery. It was temporarily made legal in many states. This was to help restaurants, bars, and liquor stores survive the …

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Underage Drinking Legal in Most States Under Some Conditions

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The National Minimum Drinking Age Act (MLDA) prohibits the purchase and/or public possession of alcoholic beverages by those under age 21. It does not prohibit persons under 21 from drinking. Nor does it require states to prohibit such drinking. So its title is very deceptive. Thus, under many conditions is underage drinking legal. Public Possession …

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Reduce Alcohol Problems among Youth: Here’s How We Can Do It

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We really can reduce alcohol problems. Here we describe how to do it. REDUCE ALCOHOL PROBLEMS  I. INTRODUCTION Let’s imagine how we might prepare youth to drive. We would tell young people that driving is very dangerous. Tens of thousands of people die in traffic crashes each year. And many times that number are injured. …

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Anti-Alcohol Bias: Governments, Agencies, Researchers, etc.

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A reader emailed this question. “Why do so many researchers, governments, agencies, etc. put so much energy into showing the negative effects of alcohol? It seems like there’s a concerted effort to discredit all alcohol drinking.” In other words, why all the anti-alcohol bias?    That’s an excellent question. But the answer is fairly simple. …

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Impact of Non-medical Cannabis Legalization on Substance Use

Impact of Non-medical Cannabis

What was the impact of non-medical cannabis legalization on the use of other substances? Particularly among young adults? The Study Researchers focused on alcohol consumption, cigarette use, e-cigarette use, pain medication misuse, and heavy episodic drinking (HED). To do so, they used data from six annual surveys of a state-wide sample from six years. It …

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Anti-Canteen Law (It May not be What You Think)

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The army formed canteens or small restaurants during the 1880s. The canteens sold beer to soldiers. Its goal was to give an alternative to off-base saloons. Over time the temperance movement grew stronger. The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) led the fight to remove the sale of alcohol from canteens. The result was called an …

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