Alcohol Justice: New Name of Marin Institute, formerly known as the Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems

In reporting its new name, the former Marin Institute finally acknowledged that "we aren't a research organization as 'institute' implies."1 The fact that the Marin Institute wasn't a research organization has long been noted by observers, although the activist group has often presented itself to the public and media as engaging in research.

The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems was created by the Buck Trust, whose founder specifically directed that its resources be used exclusively for the good of the people of Marin County, California.2 In spite of that clear mandate, the Institute now engages in nation-wide neo-temperance activities and has been recognized for its activities by the Prohibition Party.3

The Marin Institute

Bruce Lee Livingston, the executive Director and CEO of the newly re-named Alcohol Justice corporation has publicly stated that there are no health benefits associated with the moderate consumption of alcohol. He insists that the medical consensus is based on a myth created by propaganda from "big alcohol."6 Not only is Alcohol Justice clearly not a research organizatioin, but its director rejects the conclusion of medical organizations and agencies, including those of the United States government.



  • 1. Livingston, Bruce Lee."Why 'Alcohol Justice'"? Alcohol Justice website. August 1, 2011.
  • 2. Rutinger, Joan. Why you should not vote for the Buck Center. The Coastal Post, October, 1995.( The will clearly states that the income from the trust ...shall always be held for exclusively non-profit, charitable, religious, or educational purposes in providing for the needy in Marin County, California, and for other non-profit charitable, religious or educational purposes in that county. " 
  • 3. Prohibition Party web site. Similarly,, a strongly prohibitionist group links to the Marin Institute along with the WCTU, the League Against Intoxicants and the Anti-Saloon League historical site. The Marin Institute is widely recognized as an anti-alcohol group. See, for example, Kate Macarthur. Coors slammed for targeting kids: "Scary Movie" tie-in raises ire of anti-alcohol group. (Marin Institute) Advertising Age, November 2, 2003.
  • 4. Youth and Alcohol Ads: Are Youth Overexposed?; Do Alcohol Ads Target Youth?; Alcohol Advertising
  • 5. Binge Drinking; Binge Drinking Information, Facts & News; Binge Drinking is Deceptive Term; Many Binge Drinkers are Sober; Trivializing Binge Drinking
  • 6. Bruce Lee Livingston and Sarah Mart (Marin Institute). Building a charge for harm alliance: Campaigning to hold big alcohol accountable. Policies for Reducing Problems Associated with Alcohol Availability. Program Book. Alcohol Policies Conference. Washington, DC, December 5-7, 2010.

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