Category: Policy

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

Mississippi is a dry state

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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Confusing Correlation with Causation (Alcohol Examples)

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Confusing correlation with causation is natural. We all tend to fall into the trap. The classic example is the correlation between high ice cream sales and drownings. And the sale of sunglasses. But ice cream sales don’t cause either drownings or the sale of sunglasses. The cause of these things is clearly warm weather. It’s …

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Alcohol Policy for Youth in the U.S.: What Should It Be?

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What should alcohol policy for youth be in the U.S.? This is a heated subject. Here the National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) gives its views.                Overview I.  Alcohol Policy for Youth II. Resources I. Alcohol Policy for Youth NYRA believes U.S. youth alcohol policy should recognize the inevitability of alcohol …

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Alcohol Education by Parents: Should States Prohibit It?

alcohol education by parents

Many U.S. states prohibit alcohol education by parents. This is a radical change over time            Overview I.   Tradition II.  Radical Laws III. Effective Alcohol Education IV.  Resources Alcohol Education by Parents I.  Tradition Both common law and tradition give parents very wide latitude in raising their children. Parents can …

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Alcohol Education Scare Tactics Are Not Effective

Alcohol Education Scare

I. Scare Tactics The use of alcohol education scare tactics has been traditional in alcohol education. But the alcohol education scare approach isn’t effective. Yet this fact has’t discouraged its use. But research beginning in the 1930s has found that scare tactics tend to be ineffective.  And can be counterproductive. In short, people tend to …

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