It’s refreshing to see that some state and federal legislators are considering cutting taxes levied on alcoholic beverages. Considering the most recent science on alcohol consumption, it seems only a matter of time until the notion of a “sin tax” on adult beverages becomes a thing of...
Few things are as near and dear to the heart of a nonprofit executive than third-party charity ratings. These independent evaluations of stability and financial practices can make or break an organization’s public image (and its ability to keep raising additional funds).

So, deep in the heart...

Alcopops, take two

(July 22nd, 2002)
Last week the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) adopted the latest in a long line of unreasonable positions against adult beverages. CSPI’s George Hacker took to the cable TV airwaves, arguing that a new class of alcoholic drinks, commonly known as “alcopops” or...

Adult Beverages: A Review

(July 9th, 2002)
In recognition of the month when America celebrates its freedom, we are devoting the first two weeks of July to a review of the ongoing battle for consumer freedom -- the threats and the promise. Today, a review of recent alcohol and adult beverage issues.

WASTING TIME, WASTING...
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerald K. McOscar takes on Neo-Prohibitionists: "No responsible adult would encourage binge drinking among young people, but overwrought efforts to protect them from demon rum have accomplished little except to ensure that they remain forever children in a hermetically sealed world insulated...
Your 17-year-old daughter has just walked across the stage and received her high school diploma. You're proud of her, and to celebrate you decide to treat her and her best friends to a special dinner. You get to a local family restaurant, and, after the familiar "How many?" comes...
Dozens of leading U.S. newspapers are screaming the findings of the latest study from Ralph Hingson of the Boston University School of Public Health, who now claims that alcohol is a contributing factor in 1,400 deaths and over a half-million cases of physical assault at American...

Drunk On Power

(April 8th, 2002)
"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely," said Lord Acton. The scholar could have been talking about the war on drinking and driving.

Driving home from a dinner in 1997, Willis Van Devanter, an academic and grandson of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, was stopped at a...
The Waterbury (Connecticut) Republican-American comments on two recent studies on alcohol: "For the second time this month, a 'scientific study,' purporting to demonstrate how America's youth are horribly abusing alcohol, has been greeted with media fanfare, only to be quickly debunked. This week, Harvard researcher...

Media Flunks College Math

(March 26th, 2002)
The media is binging on a new report that claims "44 percent of students on college campuses can be classified as binge drinkers." The Washington Post, Time, CNN and others have lapped up the study. But what does it really say?

Harvard researcher Henry Wechsler's survey defines "binge...