I am deeply indebted to one of my top posters Rose for more information on the demonisation of drinkers.
WHO launches worldwide war on booze
14 October 2009
“HUMANITY’s relationship with alcohol has never been easy. Now it is about to undergo as great a change as our attitude to tobacco, which has seen smoking plummet from the height of cool to the lowest of unpleasant habits.
That at least is the hope of the World Health Organization, which, between now and January, will be honing its draft of the first global strategy on reducing health damage from alcohol abuse, the fifth leading cause of premature death and disability worldwide.”
Public ‘must be protected from passive drinking’
16 Mar 2009
“PEOPLE should be protected from “passive drinking” in the same way they are protected from second-hand smoke, Britain’s top doctor said today.
Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England, called for society to recognise the consequences of one person’s drinking on another’s well-being – a phenomenon he labelled passive drinking.”
He added: “I got a hard time when I proposed smoke-free places I don’t feel I have been slapped down.” Sir Liam also said that fewer bars and clubs should be allowed in areas where alcohol-related deaths are high.
“We need a proper plan to combat this. It will upset people and it will ruffle feathers,” he said.”
I have been watching this one coming for a while and did a little research, if anyone finds it useful.
“The harm drinkers are doing to themselves, such as liver and brain damage, is only part of the problem. The plan has been given extra momentum by a growing recognition of the number of people who, while not themselves drunk, suffer as a result of the reckless or aggressive behaviour of those who are.”
Alcohol ‘as destructive as smoking’
“Alcohol is as destructive to health worldwide as smoking and high blood pressure, it was claimed today.
Three international experts said alcohol consumption was causally related to more than 60 different medical conditions including breast cancer and heart disease”
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Financier of Temperance
“The temperance-oriented Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) “seeks to drive adult beverage consumption underground, away from mainstream culture and public places.” 1 It attempts to stigmatize alcohol, de-legitimize drinking, marginalize drinkers, and create a de facto quasi-prohibition of the legal product”
Behind the Neo-Prohibition Campaign
“America’s anti-alcohol movement is composed of dozens of overlapping community groups, research institutions, and advocacy organizations, but they are brought together and given direction by one entity: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Based in Princeton, New Jersey, the RWJF has spent more than $265 million between 1997 and 2002 to tax, vilify, and restrict access to alcoholic beverages. Nearly every study disparaging alcohol in the mass media, every legislative push to limit marketing or increase taxes, and every supposedly “grassroots” anti-alcohol movement was conceived and coordinated at the RWJF’s headquarters”
http://www.consumerfreedom.com/article_ … rticle/133
An Important Cause
“Alcohol Abuse Prevention is something everybody wants and has become a bandwagon that everybody can jump on. More than a few organizations are using that fact to their advantage. Before you jump, though, learn what these organizations are really doing and supporting”
Millions to be classed as dangerous drinkers
“Millions more people will be classed as dangerous drinkers after the Government announced it is changing the way it estimates alcohol consumption”
http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/news … icle/54880
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by Rose » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:02 pm
“Most people are completely unaware that an enormous and well-funded anti-alcohol industry exists in the U.S. It consists of a large number of interrelated organizations, groups and individual activists who are opposed in some way to alcohol and its consumption. Some want to return to Prohibition whereas most want to continuously reduce average consumption to lower and lower levels: “Less alcohol is always too much alcohol.”
http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Contro … 92295.html
Alcohol has a fatal effect
“Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are particularly dangerous, says Dr Jason Payne-James, the forensic medical examiner who led the study.
“Withdrawal from heroin feels like death but withdrawal from alcohol can actually lead to death. It is that severe.”
You’re Better Off With Beer
Beer and Your Health
“The beneficial effects of drinking alcohol have been guessed at from the earliest days of humankind. When the nomadic hunter-gatherers of millennia ago began to settle down as farmers, they knew nothing about sanitation and maintaining a clean water supply. Water-borne diseases must have been widespread. But these same people may have realized empirically that if they drank their fermented beverages–beer and wine–illnesses were not as common. Scientists now know that the boiling of water in brewing, the alcohol present in both beer and wine and the natural acidity in both drinks will either kill or reduce the growth of illness-forming bacteria. ”
http://www.allaboutbeer.com/features/23 … ealth.html
Beer and Nutrition
http://beer.about.com/od/beernutrition/ … tion_2.htm
Drink limits ‘useless’
“Guidelines on safe alcohol consumption limits that have shaped health policy in Britain for 20 years were “plucked out of the air” as an “intelligent guess”.
The Times reveals today that the recommended weekly drinking limits of 21 units of alcohol for men and 14 for women, first introduced in 1987 and still in use today, had no firm scientific basis whatsoever. ”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_a … 697975.ece
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by Rose » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:48 pm
“Yet these guidelines have no basis in science. Rather, in the words of a member of the committee that drew them up, they were simply “plucked out of the air”.
The safe limits were introduced in 1987 after the Royal College of Physicians produced its first health report on alcohol misuse. In A Great and Growing Evil: The Medical Consequences of Alcohol Abuse, the college warned that a host of medical problems – including liver disease, strokes, heart disease, brain disease and infertility – were associated with excessive drinking. The report was the most significant study into alcohol-related disorders to date.
But Richard Smith, the former editor of the British Medical Journaland a member of the college’s working party on alcohol, told The Times yesterday that the figures were not based on any clear evidence. He remembers “rather vividly” what happened when the discussion came round to whether the group should recommend safe limits for men and women.
“David Barker was the epidemiologist on the committee and his line was that ‘We don’t really have any decent data whatsoever. It’s impossible to say what’s safe and what isn’t’.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_a … 698024.ece
WHO gets nod to tackle harmful use of alcohol
“The blueprint, to be presented in two years, should include a set of recommended national measures for states. These could cover guidance on the marketing, pricing, and distribution of alcoholic drinks and public awareness campaigns.
In 2003, WHO clinched the first global public health treaty which targeted tobacco through stronger warnings on cigarette packages and limits on advertising and sponsorship”