Quote of the Week

(September 12th, 2003)
This week a National Academy of Sciences panel recommended that the federal government raise taxes on adult beverages (including tripling excise taxes on beer), ostensibly to deter underage drinking. Of course, most of the panel's members have close ties with the neo-prohibitionist Robert...
"The more popular a magazine is with teens, the more likely it is to contain alcohol ads," reads one outrageously misleading headline -- based on the equally misleading research bought and paid for by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). A recent study published in JAMA...

MADD About New Jersey

(May 7th, 2003)
"We are disgusted. We will be the last in the Northeast to pass this bill. New Jersey will even be behind states like Alabama." That's Robert Jakubowski of the New Jersey chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in an article on the Garden State's legal...
Under the outrageously misleading headline, "Montana Legislature Balks at Outlawing Drunk Driving," the Associated Press reports that Montana lawmakers recently decided not to ban open liquor containers in cars and trucks. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) sneered that "there's still perhaps some carry-over from people whose...
An article in today's New York Times begins: "In the latest salvo in the battle over liquor and beer advertising, a new commercial this week encourages people to feel free to have a drink before driving home." The Times says 10 million viewers saw the commercial on...
Seventy years ago this week, beer became legal in the United States (at least beer with less than 3.2 percent alcohol content). According to the Denver Post, "it was 1933 when President Franklin Roosevelt announced happily as he signed the bill authorizing repeal, 'I think this would...
U.S. Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Chris Dodd (D-CT) yesterday announced "their intention to monitor underage drinking trends and the extent to which alcohol industry advertising is reaching underage youth, including possibly holding a hearing on the issue." Dodd cites "new findings from the Center on Alcohol...

Music To MADD’s Ears

(April 2nd, 2003)
In all likelihood, Michigan will soon succumb to Federal blackmail and bootstrapping by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and lower its legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for driving to .08 percent. One proposal would even drive the legal BAC down to the impossibly low .05 percent. That...

Two Groups of April Fools

(April 1st, 2003)
Public Health nannies, too, bloom in the Spring. April is "Alcohol Awareness Month" and the upcoming April 4-6 weekend is "Alcohol Free Weekend." From April 7th to the 13th, busybodies everywhere will celebrate "National Public Health Week," whose theme this year is "overweight...
One of the reasons kids like the Harry Potter series so much is that it involves school children discovering the intrigues -- and seeing through the deceptions -- of adults. So it is especially obtuse for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to tell kids that the...