Category: Erroneous / Deceptive Alcohol “Facts”
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- American Heart Association. In Response to the Center for Science
in the Public Interest's Report on Trans Fatty Acids. (Available
the American Heart Association takes issue with some of the unscientific
assertions of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- Bennett, J. and DiLorenzo, T. Food and Drink Police: Center for
Science in the Public Interest Wants Government to Control Our Eating
Habits. Washington, DC: Capital Research Center, 1998. (Available
- Bonvie, L., and Bonvie, B. Strong-arming an innocent herb. Providence
Journal, May 10, 2000. (Available at www.stevia.net/article.htm)
Demonstrates the Center for Science in the Public Interest's lack
of even-handedness in selecting the targets it selects to attack.
Ironically, the Center for Science in the Public Interest makes
a big issue of integrity... not its own but the alleged lack of
integrity of those with whom it disagrees.
- Bovard, J. Booze Busting: the New Prohibition. The Future of Freedom
Foundation, December, 1998. (Available at www.fff.org/freedom/1298.asp)
- Brignell, J. Sorry, Wrong Number!: The Abuse of Measurement. London,
England: Brignell Associates, 2000.
- Center for Consumer Freedom. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's
Neo-Prohibitionist Agenda, April, 2003 (www.consumerfreedom.com/print_page.cfm?&type=headline&id=1868)
- Foster, R. G. Robert Wood Johnson: The Gentleman Rebel. State College,
PA: Lillian Press, 1999. Apparently an abstainer who tried to impose
his views on his employees, Robert Wood Johnson created one of the
world's richest and most powerful foundations. As one observer noted,
the "Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is not a respected non-profit;
it is under the control of left wing extremists who fund programs
that further their social causes." The foundation tries to
impose its temperance views on the entire American society, not
just a few thousand employees. Robert Wood Johnson would be pleased
with his foundation's anti-alcohol funding
- Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Radio Daze: Alcohol Ads
Tune In Underage Youth. Washington, DC: Center for Alcohol Marketing
and Youth, 2003.
- Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Television: Alcohol's Vast
Adland. Washington, DC: Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth,
- Center for Alcohol Marketing and Youth. Out of Control: Alcohol
Advertising Taking Aim at America's Youth. Washington, DC: Center
for Alcohol Marketing and Youth, 2002.
- Duplantier, F.R. A Bronx cheer for professional scolds: There's
nothing scientific about the Center for Science in the Public Interest,
nor does the Center have any interest in the interests of the public.
America's Future, April 15, 1998. (Available at www.americasfuture.net/1998/june98/98-0615a.html)
- Fumento, M. Food fight. Forbes, November 11, 2002. (Available at
www.fumento.com/nutr/quorn.html) Is Michael Jacobson of the Center
for Science in the Public Interest dishonest or simply incompetent?
Or could Mr. Jacobson simply be incredibly careless with research
methods and data?
- Huff, D. How to Lie with Statistics. NY: Norton, 1993.
- Jacobsen, M., Hacker, G., and Atkins, R. The Booze Merchants: The
Inebriating of America. Washington, DC: Center for Science in the
Public Interest Books, 1983. This book is an excellent case study
of deception. It also documents that decades ago CSPI was insisting
that alcohol ads "target" young people. Although the federal
government has found no evidence to support that claim, CSPI continues
to make the assertion to this day. The temperance organization seems
to follow the nazi belief that if a falsehood is repeated often
enough, people will believe it. The Center for Science in the Public
Interest has often been referred to as the "food police."
It also appears to be the alcohol gestapo.
- Lopez, F. MADD agenda goes mad with neo-prohibitionism. The Atlanta
Journal and Constitution, 3-25-02.
- Milloy, S. College Drinking Study is Intoxicating Scam, www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,50104,00.html
- Milloy, S. J. Junk Science Judo: Self-Defense Against Health Scares
and Scams. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 2001.
- Milloy, S. J. Science Without Sense: The Risky Business of Public
Health Research. Washington, DC: Cato Institute, 1995.
- Mindus, D. Behind the Neo-Prohibition Campaign: The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation. Washington, DC: The Center for Consumer Freedom,
- New York Seafood Council. Is Seafood the Leading Cause of Foodborne
Illness Outbreaks? (available at www.nyseafood.org/breakingnews_archive_1.asp)
Excellent example of apparently intentional deception by the Center
for Science in the Public Interest that may have the unintended
effect of harming public health.
- Pena, C.V. The Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign: A Covert War Against
Mr. Pena is former Executive Director of the Mothers Against Drunk
Driving chapter of Northern Virginia.
- Reinarman, C. The drug policy debate in Europe: The case of Califano
vs. The Netherlands. International Journal of Drug Policy, 1997,
8(3). Available at http://www.cedro-uva.org/lib/reinarman.califano.html.
Dr. Reinarman contends that Califano "propagandizes" and
that his systematic distortions warrant careful analysis as a case
study of how misinformation fuels inappropriate public policy. Therefore,
he reveals some of the things that Califano neglects, misrepresents
and gets wrong in a single publication.
- Social Issues Research Centre. Of Public Interest? (Available at
www.sirc.org/articles/public_interest.shtml) The Center for Science
in the Public Interest warns of the health dangers of C-reactive
protein but conveniently chooses not to report that moderate drinkers
have only half the levels of the dangerous substance found in alcohol
abstainers. Presumably because of its anti-alcohol stance, CSPI
somehow feels justified in withholding this important health information
that might save people's lives. So much for the interest of the
- Wechsler, Henry, et al. Alcohol use and problems at colleges banning
alcohol: Results from a national survey. Journal of Studies on Alcohol,
2001, 62(2), 133. NOTE: The term binge is not used in this article
because the most prestigious journal in the field of alcohol research,
The Journal of Studies on Alcohol, only permits its use when referring
to a true binge and never permits its deceptive misuse.
- Wechsler, Henry, and Isaacs, N. "Binge" drinking at Massachusetts
colleges: Prevalence, drinking style, time trends, and associated
problems. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association,
1992, 267(21), 2929-2931. NOTE: Placing the term binge in quotation
marks reflects Henry Wechsler's recognition that he was using the
term in a non-standard, idiosyncratic manner in this early publication.
- Wechsler, Henry, and Kuo, M. College students define binge drinking
and estimate its prevalence: Results of a national survey. Journal
of American College Health, 2000, 49(2), 57. NOTE: In this article
Henry Wechsler incorrectly claimed that most students underestimate
the extent of heavy drinking, a fact which, if correct, would invalidate
a basis on which social norm marketing is based. However, Henry
Wechsler's assertion was discredited by a scholar who demonstrated
that the logic and methods used by Mr. Wechsler were systematically
erroneous and inappropriate. Actually, Henry Wechsler's own data
demonstrate that most students greatly overestimate the extent of
heavy drinking, a fact that clearly supports social norms marketing!
Visit Alcohol & Social Norms Marketing; Erroneous Objection.
- Wechsler, Henry, and Wuethrich, B. Dying to Drink: Confronting
Binge Drinking on College Campuses. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale,
2002. This is not a scientific book but a "pop" book for
mass consumption. For example, in the first chapter alone, non-scientific
references outnumber peer-reviewed sources by about three to one.
Heavily anecdotal, the book is largely based on personal stories
and emotion rather than on facts and logic. Although not scientific,
Henry Wechsler's book is useful for mobilizing public support for
his temperance-oriented agenda.
- Wooster, M.M. Mothers Against Drunk Driving: Has its vision become
blurred? Alternatives in Philanthropy, 2000 (February)(www.capitalresearch.org/publications/alternatives/2000/february.htm)
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