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The Alcohol Industry's Plan to Give America a Giant Drinking Problem


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Kit
- 1281 days ago - alternet.org
Industry giants are threatening to swallow up America's carefully regulated alcohol industry, and remake America in the image of booze-soaked Britain.



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mag.w.d. Aichberger (34)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 8:26 am
Alcohol to blame for 13,000 cancer cases a year in UK [population ~ 1/5 of USA]

10% of men's Cancers and 3% of women's in W-EU are caused by drinking
 

pam w. (138)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 11:31 am
Kit, I have hope for decriminalized (at best) or legalized (second best) marijuana in the US. THAN we'll see the alcohol industry grabbing, scrambling and shrinking! They're had a powerful lobby against legalized marijuana for YEARS....but they're going to lose that fight.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 12:37 pm

That is exactly what must happen Pam. That may happen just because of the Cannabinoids within the marijuana plant, and the rich quality of medicine we are denied, or finally a realization that propaganda is not a substitute for truth.
 

Erika M. (201)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 2:40 pm
thank you
 

Carrie B. (314)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:18 pm
Can't send stars to Kit and Pam yet, but I have to agree with you both. Also, what this country does not need is more drunks on the road killing innocent people, and more people dying due to alcohol related illnesses. Good post.
 

Gloria picchetti (310)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 3:58 pm
Move the city. Sell your car. Have a drink to celebrate!
 

Sue R. (0)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 6:26 pm
Drinking kills. It's just sad.
 

Susanne R. (237)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 10:52 pm
I'd rather be around someone under the influence of marijuana than alcohol any day! Like the tobacco industry, the alcohol industry has no shame. They do everything they can to get people dependent on the addictive drugs their peddling, but they don't want to take responsibility for the consequences. Is it enough to say "drink responsibly" and expect that will happen?
 

Karen R. (87)
Monday November 26, 2012, 4:35 am
thanks for sharing
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday November 26, 2012, 8:27 am
I don't drink or smoke. I'll stick with my Red Zinger tea and the occasional cup of coffee. Remember folks; your greatest tool against these people is your purchasing power. No sales = no profit = no product. Alcohol and tobacco kill more people and cause more unnecessary suffering than anything else.
 

. (0)
Monday November 26, 2012, 2:53 pm
Even back in the early 80's when I was a college student in England, I could not "keep up" with the crowd I hung out with. Aside from beer, I have memories of 20 year olds introducing me to single malt scotch. They would kick it back neat, and three of us would finish a bottle. I can't believe I lived through those days.
England's alcohol problem in those days , yes, there were articles about this even then...related the high rate of drinking to the high rate of unemployment. With so much time on their hands, people would use their dole money in the pubs.
This was a national concern in the Thatcher years, and has never been formally addressed.
As an aside, countries like the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium which also have a horrible rate of unemployment, their lost generations are more drug prone as the laws are much loser.. Either way, it's a terrible commentary on what the lack of employment, and a bleak look to the future can do to a person.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday November 26, 2012, 3:13 pm

Ah, finally an answer to abuse of alcohol it's those low lifes that take public money. Without that there would be no problems with alcohol.

I didn't go to school in England, and I can assure you that both fraternities and sororities in the good ole US, where parents and students pay for their own education have more than a few drinking parties. They graduate and still manage to out grow their youth and become contributing members of society.

That has nothing to do with people that do become alcoholics, it's a psychological dependency and becomes a physical dependency. We have a massive lobby that keeps the alcohol flowing, and the POT off limits.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday November 26, 2012, 7:03 pm
Poor Old England. Yep it has an alcohol problem that pales into insignificance compared to Russia, or even Germany. We in Australia of course, are of such moderate drinking habits we are paragons of virtue. Never drink driving, no drunken brawls. Well it certainly applies to this non drinker living in the "Bush" who won't go to into town (5,000 population) on a Saturday night. Yep I would sooner be in close proximity to a soporific marijuana user than a legal drug user high on alcohol or an illegal one on amphetamines. Sometimes it is as dangerous to be confronted by an evangelical religious maniac Christian or Muslim. You takes your addiction. mine's tea.
 

Julie W. (28)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:13 am
Tom, I know you are talking 'tongue in cheek' re Australian drinking habits. Teenage binge drinking is getting worse, and the big thing at this time of year is 'schoolies' - kids going on holiday to celebrate their final year of school. Lots of drunken parties and brawls. I don't know why parents allow it. So glad my kids are now grown up and I don't have to worry about that!
 

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 1:56 pm
noted
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 3:57 pm
Thanks Kit, interesting and informative post.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 8:18 pm
Alcohol kills 2.5 million a year.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report, profiling 193 countries on alcohol controls, has concluded that alcohol approximately kills 2.5 million people in a year.

The report also indicated that young people were especially vulnerable to its harms, reports English.news.cn.

Drug experts say alcohol worse than crack or heroin.

Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed, British scientists said.

Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol.

More and more people are finding themselves able to kick sometimes long-term, damaging and expensive alcohol habits without any of the uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal which normally comes with long-term addictions, and they are doing it thanks to cannabis.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Wednesday November 28, 2012, 6:51 am
America already has a Critical Alcohol Problem. Alcohol kills , maims and traumatizes more Americans than any other drug. Alcohol has a far more massive monetary cost than any other drug when on accounts for drunk driving, rapes, abuse etc. You are 4 times more likely to die from Alcohol detox/withdrawal than any other drug. The only reason that Alcoholism is classified as a disease and not s stigmatized addiction is that it is the Drug of Choice for those that write the laws, perform the research and enforce, interpret and apply those laws. And yes Americans do not 'glass' each other but we sure as hell kill or injure far more people than the Brits with guns and cars.
Consider that the 1972 Shafer Report aka The National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse, was so contrary to the desired Anti-Pot out come that, while it is now available on-line, for most of its 40 year history it was banned in the USA, if you wanted a copy you had to purchase one in Europe and have it mailed to you. There are tapes of Nixon, what a surprise, going at Shafer because none of the findings justified his planned War on Weed.
 

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 11:06 am
I'm not sure what the solution might be. As adults we should not be deprived of making a choice, on anything!
 

Darlene W. (307)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 12:49 pm
Anything to line the arseholes pockets at the expense of the 'good people'--as long as all of them get what they want they don't give two hoots about anything else--but they will someday--watch and see--their time will come.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 5:43 pm
Interesting business article. But not much else. Too many new brewers are springing up. Yes the big brands do have an advantage in national sales. However,I like getting rid of a lot of the "rules" that were and are anti-consumer. I want to be able to buy the brew of my choice and liquor. The British experience is very different than the culture of the US. Rowdy ,violent patrons are not tolerated in the state where I live Being one is very expensive.
In the US in the last few years it has become an we/they situation. It is not good for the nation or society.
 

Jae A. (320)
Thursday November 29, 2012, 7:05 pm
Forgot to mention...thanks to alcohol my liver went ...kerplunk...at age 32 thanks to the booze train. Now I am healthier...body and soul :-)..via de herb...so ta say.
 

Michael Barth (43)
Friday November 30, 2012, 11:41 am
Noted.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:16 am
To drink or not to drink is our choice, not that of big companies who only care about the $$$$$ and so do governments for the tax.. Sure I love a drink, but in moderation. I make my own red wine and enjoy making it and even more so drinking it after 2 years. For me it is enjoy and not to over indulge. As a young person I rarely drank at all. But I can see that now young people get sucked in by friends and advertisements and they end up binge drinkers to show off and eventually become alcoholics. Once they are there, it is difficult to admit to it, but it is even more difficult to seek advice and stop that habit.
I did have a filthy habit and know how difficult it was to kick that habit. I made a new years resolution in 2000 and kicked Marlboro out of my life. On 2/2/2000 the Marlboro cowboy was sacked. I felt better ever since, but I believe that alcohol adiction is worse and more difficult to overcome.
 
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